Healthy Activities During Social Distancing
Keeping kids cooped up all day can prove challenging during COVID-19 — especially if mom or dad is trying to work from home at the same time. Engaging in fun family activities every day can strengthen family bonds, relieve anxiety, and keep everyone sane and civil during this stressful period. Try these 5 healthy activities to come together as a family:
1. Get Outside Every Day
If possible, go outdoors every day for a walk, family jog, or bike ride. Exercise allows children to burn energy, and its heart health benefits for grown-ups can’t be beat.
Bonus: Some research links exposure to sunshine with a boost in serotonin levels — the “feel good” hormone in the brain. So maybe the simple act of getting into the sunlight can improve everyone’s mood.
2. Play & Exercise Indoors
When going outside isn’t possible due to the weather or social distancing requirements, schedule several play times throughout the day. Athletic activities like hula-hooping, jumping rope, and shooting baskets with soft foam balls provide fun entertainment while also elevating your heart rate.
You can also teach your kids more adult exercises, like yoga or bodyweight workouts. Role modeling fitness for your kids will create a healthy mindset they’ll carry forward into adulthood.
3. Plan & Cook Healthy Recipes Together
Get your children involved in meal planning by sitting down every couple of days to plan the next day’s menu. When everyone agrees on a meal, work together in the kitchen to cook it. Children can perform age-appropriate tasks like measuring ingredients or peeling potatoes. Cooking not only provides a fun family activity but also equips your kids with skills they need to make healthy food choices throughout their lives.
4. Clean Your Home
If you must be confined indoors, make the time productive with a good spring cleaning. Tackle one room or area per day and clean it from top to bottom. Younger kids can dust and vacuum and sort through their toys and clothes to determine what to keep and what to donate or throw away. Older children can disinfect high-touch surfaces, scrub baseboards, and even touch up paint.
5. Substitute Craft Projects for Screen Time
It may be tempting to let kids indulge in lots of screen time so you can work from home, but staring at a smartphone or tablet for hours may not be the healthiest option for them.
Instead, schedule some craft projects that all of you can do together. You can order age-appropriate craft kits that deliver everything you need right to your door. Here are just a few project ideas: painting (finger painting for the little ones), model building, origami, and coloring.
If you can’t afford crafting supplies, a quick search online will reveal hundreds of websites that offer free instructions for craft projects that use common household supplies, like discarded egg cartons and boxes. By limiting screen time and replacing it with craft projects, you may discover a budding Picasso in your family.
At Clo-Clo Vegan Foods, we believe finding activities while social distancing is extremely important for you and your family to stay healthy and active. Use this time to focus on building new healthy family habits to bring you and your children closer.
Source: Temple Health