Today’s world is a lot different than it was two months ago. Most of us aren’t used to living our lives on a screen—let alone attending “virtual school.” Your children may seem antsy and unfocused, and rightfully so.
Even as a trainer, I’ve found myself unable to concentrate and feeling very stiff in between my screen time with clients. This got me thinking: how can I stay active during the day, even in my tiny apartment?
I’ve collected 3 tips for staying active and concentrated during our on-screen hours.
1. Every hour, on the hour: This is a “mini-workout” that you perform every hour on the hour from 9-5pm (or as late as you’d like). Sit down with your child and come up with a 4-5 minute workout that he or she is to perform (and you too). Set an alarm and hold each other accountable.
For example: 15 Squats, 15 Jumping Jacks, 15 Sit-Ups
By the end of the day, you’ll have gotten your workout in. Bonus points if you do this in addition to your daily exercise!
2. Stand up: Try finding a study space where they can stand up during one of their online classes. As I write this article, I’m standing and stretching my legs. This allows me to move more freely. Studies show that studying while performing movement (walking, running, even just standing) leads to better mental performance.
If your child does need to sit down to concentrate, be sure they’re sitting at a table with a chair that allows them to sit completely upright. Sitting on a couch can lead to slumping and fatigue, and they may notice back pain after a day’s worth of computer work.
If your child does need to sit down to concentrate, be sure they’re sitting at a table with a chair that allows them to sit completely upright. Sitting on a couch an lead to slumping and fatigue, and they may notice back pain after a day’s worth of computer work.
3. Simulate a school day: Try this- each class has a “new classroom.” By this, I mean you designate a different area (even within the same room) for each class. Have your child get up and stretch and walk around in between, and call this “hallway time.” During hallway time, you’re able to socialize, do some jumping jacks, or play with your pets- whatever gets your child active.
You can even pack a lunch and have a cafeteria lunch hour with each other if your work schedule permits.
By switching up your child’s work station every hour, you make things more exciting and keep them moving. I’m sure your child will also enjoy setting their own “school rules.” 🙂
It may seem like being active is more difficult now. These are unprecedented times, and it’s completely normal for you and your child to not know how to react- but finding new ways to handle our daily routine can be fun too!
I sincerely hope this helps and that you and your family stay healthy, safe, and active.
By Paytra Gessler, Certified Youth Fitness Trainer, Certified ISSA Fitness Professional
To find out more about our customized in-home fitness programs, contact Bonita at Bonita@EnergeticJuniors.com, or call 212-879-1566.