As school wraps up, summer begins, and families continue to practice social distancing from COVID-19, keeping active is a great way to spend family time, decrease stress, and improve overall health.
Exercise has many benefits for youth, from reducing anxiety and depression, to improving concentration and sleep. Now more than ever, it’s important to reimagine physical activity for youth so it stays a part of their routine… just as it’s important to keep your own workout routine in check.
To keep the family active, invite kids to join your workout if appropriate. Have them pick out your warm-up or cool-down, so they feel more engaged. If your kids are not old enough to participate, have a “workout toy box” where specific toys are only shared during parent-workout time.
Get teenagers involved with a little creativity and flexibility. Host friendly family competitions, participate in social media exercise challenges, use a reward system (e.g., exercise time for screen time) or empower the teen to create the family exercise activity.
Overall, most experts agree - don’t overthink it, have fun, and be flexible!
In a live panel, “Family Fitness During COVID-19,” hosted by BOKS experts that shared tips to develop engaging and time-efficient programming to support those who want to or need to exercise as a family – and have fun while doing it!
BOKS is a physical activity program designed to get kids active and establish a lifelong commitment to health and fitness. Built on documented science and research, BOKS provides free physical activity curriculum, training, and support to communities looking to establish and maintain impactful fitness and nutrition programs serving the whole child.
The BOKS team has come up with some ways to help inspire others to get their families moving and eating healthier. In addition, there are many live-streaming exercise classes and recordings geared for kids; these are great options to build in exercise as part of the family’s new housebound routine.
Family Fitness Resources from BOKS