Enjoying the Fall Weather by Incorporating Outdoor Movement
By Lia Threat
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Whether you are still working from home, have children participating in virtual or in school learning, one thing is for sure- we are moving less. We are no longer walking to the office or down the street for lunch. Children are sitting more in class to avoid physical contact. Some schools are shortening or eliminating recess and PE to minimize interactions between students. Now, more than ever, parents will need to get creative to incorporate movement breaks into the day.
To reach your daily goal of outdoor activity, try to set a written intention to add in new forms of exercise slowly. To prioritize training, add it to your planner or daily schedule. Scheduling it into your calendar will make it easier to create a habit.
Here are some ideas to get started:
Cook in bulk
Fill the time you would spend cooking with a fun stroll or bike ride.
Cooking for two days will free up time in the afternoon and evenings. As the weather gets cooler, use this extra time for some added outdoor physical activity.
Take up a new hobby
Most of us have stumbled upon the skilled jump ropers on social media lately. Jump rope is one idea, but any new hobby will help us engage in a novel activity that keeps the boredom away. Alternatively, you can try a new form of dance. A 15-minute dance break on the patio is a great way to get children fresh air and exercise- no equipment required!
Try a new desk set-up
Is your little one moving all the time during online learning? Try an exercise ball for them to sit on and allow frequent breaks. If you find yourself slouching, having bad posture, or back pain, consider an adjustable standup desk.
Remember, any amount of activity can go a long way in keeping our bodies moving and our minds alert!