Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, many of us are in search for some healthy activities during our self-quarantine. I believe as many do that it’s an unprecedented time at which many families are recommended to stay-in in order to avoid spreading the virus.
In many States, including my own, self-quarantine is required to all individuals and families, regardless if you have been exposed to the virus. These people should avoid all interaction with other people for 14 days and keep a close eye on the CDC guidelines.
Self-quarantine is taking the term “family time” to the next level. We as parents are finding out that keeping a child entertained 24 hours a day is no easy task.
It is tempting to hand your child an iPad or a phone and just wait it out. While it’s the easiest approach, this is not the most healthy activity during self-quarantine.
Staying active and healthy is essential during this time. That’s why I’ve put together a list of three activities you can try to get your family up and moving!
1. Go on a Family Walk
Bring it back to the basics and go on a family walk! As long as you are not interacting with other people, going on a walk is a great activity to try.
There are lots of ways to make simple walks an engaging activity for the whole family. Here are some of our ideas:
- Play eye-spy on your walk
- Go on a “nature walk” and let your child collect new plants and leaves to learn about
- Gather treasures and then make an art project when you get home
- Let your child take pictures of things they enjoyed on their walk
Our children are used to running on playgrounds and playing with friends all day. Keep up their physical activity and their curious nature by taking a walk around your neighborhood! A perfect healthy activity during a self-quarantine.
2. Take a Wiggle Break
Teachers in schools have been using this strategy for years, and the time has come to share this with all parents!
These short breaks will get your child up and moving, and it will give you a couple of moments to clean up a quick mess or put the finishing touches on dinner.
With self-quarantine, it is so important to not get sucked into a video game or show for hours on end.
Standing up and dancing, wiggling, and stretching is going to help prevent any meltdowns that might be bubbling up under the surface.
3. Create a New Routine with Morning and Bedtime Yoga
Yoga is a healthy activity best during self-quarantine :). It has been found to help kids (and adults) control their emotions, have more stable energy throughout the day, improve mobility and core strength, and relax.
When my big family is cooped up in a house all day together during self-quarantine, all of these skills come in handy!
Creating routines helps kids feel safe.
With that in mind-
What better time to introduce this healthy activity into their routine than during the Covid-19 pandemic?
Try These Healthy Activities to Stay Active During Self-Quarantine
Incorporating these three healthy activities into your routine during self-quarantine are going to help you stay calm. But more importantly stay healthy and bond with your family!
Hundreds of thousands of families are avoiding contact by self-quarantining during the Covid-19 pandemic. We are all trying to navigate this “new-normal” as best as we can.
Focusing on the things you can control, like your physical activity, will help you navigate this experience with much easier!
From our family at planted.org to yours, please say safe, healthy and positive!
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