As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of relenting anytime soon, the government has prohibited face-to-face classes in the upcoming academic year and is encouraging alternatives, such as online classes and homeschooling. While this is essential to keep our kids safe from the virus, their prolonged stay at home might affect their physical and mental well-being.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that children between 5 and 17 years of age engage in at least an hour of physical activity everyday. Aside from its health benefits, regular physical activity also eases the anxiety and depression that may accompany these strange times. Here are five simple ways to get your kids moving and help them adjust to the New Normal.
Follow online workout videos
If you’re unsure about what exercises are good for kids, YouTube has plenty of choices for kid-friendly workout videos. To make the workout a lot more enjoyable for them, join in on the fun! A 20 to 30-minute cardio routine is enough — just make sure to fill another half hour with other activities that will work up a sweat.
Dance to music
A good workout isn’t the only form of physical activity that is sure to keep you and your family healthy. If traditional exercise routines are starting to bore your kids, play some party tunes and dance with them like no one’s watching! A few minutes of dancing doesn’t only provide good cardio but also takes your mind off daily stressors.
Play interactive video games
Video games don’t have to be the enemy. Games that require physical movement like Just Dance and Nintendo Wii Sports can entertain your kids and keep them from being glued to their seats, too. A study has shown that while playing interactive video games isn’t necessarily a substitute for exercise, it’s a good way for children to spend energy and stay active.
Play with your kids
Keep them busy by preparing exciting indoor games. Below are a few ideas for indoor activities to get them moving.
- Set up a scavenger hunt.
- Build an obstacle course.
- Play indoor volleyball — but with a balloon!
Get some fresh air
Social distancing doesn’t have to mean staying indoors the entire time. Since this is a highly stressful time, one of the best ways to care for your children’s overall well-being is to step out of your Suntrust home and get some fresh air, just as long as you observe the following social distancing guidelines:
- Maintain a distance of at least 1 meter from others;
- Wear a face mask properly over your nose and mouth; and
- Avoid high-touch surfaces.
Coming soon in Porac, Pampanga is Suntrust’s first project in the province, The Arcadia. This residential community’s amenities will surely be perfect for your kids’ outdoor activities. The 22.6-hectare development promises rich, open spaces and pocket parks where you can simply take a walk and go jogging, or play a round of basketball at the open-air court. Taking in the amazing views and lush greenery will not only help keep your physical health in check but your mental health as well.