Coronavirus concerns, social distancing, gym closures, playground restrictions, and home confinement may tempt you and your family to just curl up on the couch and binge-watch Netflix. But, regular exercise is critical for weight management (especially if you did spend the whole weekend watching Stranger Things), improving your mood during social distancing from friends and playmates, lessening anxiety, and supporting your immune system – keeping you as healthy as possible (and out of the hospital or emergency room) during this challenging global pandemic.
With the continued uncertainty in the world, now is the perfect time to take control of your family’s health by incorporating daily exercise into your schedules.
Fitness for Health, a premiere therapeutic facility offering occupational therapy, physical therapy and therapeutic exercise utilizing state-of-the-art, exergaming technology, recommends fun activities to get your family moving amidst social distancing.
- Is your family competitive? Get your heart rate up by creating your own Ninja Warrior obstacle course using chairs, sofa cushions, brooms, empty boxes, etc. If it is a nice day, take the fun outside to get extra Vitamin D. Try parents versus kids racing or mom versus dad. The only limit is your imagination!
- Are you getting antsy sitting for online classes and meetings? Take a Shake Break! Gather the family to get the wiggles out by dancing to a few of your favorite songs. Take your interpretative dance to the next level by incorporating props, old clothes and/or “backdrops” displayed on the TV.
- Spell out your full name and complete an activity assigned to that letter. For example, A = 10 ab crunches, B = balance on one foot, C = 4 cartwheels, D = run to the nearest door and back…You get the idea. If you want a more challenging workout, include your middle name.
- “Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?” No? How about an indoor “snowball” fight? Use couch cushions/pillows to build a barricade or hide behind the sofa or bookcases and launch stress balls, stuffed animals and/or soft balls at each other. Run to invade the other team’s barricade to capture their “flag” and win the game.
- Are you Zooming? Chances are that you have attended your fair share of Zoom meetings during the last few weeks. But, are your kids using Zoom to have virtual playdates with their friends? Has your family attended tele-fitness classes – live, virtual workouts from the comfort of home? Are you interested in learning more about telehealth sessions for occupational therapy, physical therapy or fitness? Fitness for Health can help! Contact us at Info@FitnessForHealth.org for details.
We wish you and your family good health throughout the pandemic and well after. And, remember, you are never too young or too old to create healthy habits and healthy lifestyles.
About Fitness for Health:
Learn new tips and tricks for keeping yourself and your family active during COVID-19. Join Marc Sickel, Fitness for Health’s founder, on our Facebook page LIVE this Thursday at 3pm. He will be discussing ways to stay fit at home and will be answering questions.
We’ll be offering additional Facebook LIVE informational sessions over the next few weeks so stay tuned.