Recess at Home - 5 Tips that Make it Easy

Juggling work, school and mental & physical health is no easy task!  With back to school up in the air and the return of virtual schooling, there is more pressure than ever on parents to balance these demands. 

At Springfree, we know that being active and enhancing mental health go hand in hand. What’s more, regular exercise and sun exposure can really boost your immune system.  

Recess at home – Be safe. Be healthy. Be happy!

 

Exercise

There are so many benefits to moving your body including; Better sleep, lifted mood and increased ability to manage stress and anxiety.

  • Children should be active for an hour every day and getting outside for recess is one way to be sure that happens.
  • Adults should get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity (30 minutes a day, 5 days a week) or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week, or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity.
  • 10 minutes of trampoline bouncing is equivalent of 30 minutes of running.

 

Sun exposure

We all need sun exposure to make vitamin D. Our bodies work best when they get some sunshine every day.

Reminders before heading out to soak up some vitamin D:

  • Wear sun protection (Hats and sunscreen).
  • Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours & after going in water.
  • Stay hydrated.

 

Less Stress and More Recess

Recess time is a part of school life and kids benefit from this active time as a part of their daily routine. With everyone already having to readjust to virtual, at-home schooling, adding at-home recess may seem daunting. It’s one thing to entertain them all day on the weekends. It’s another when you have seven days a week to fill for an indefinite period of time.

 

Here’s 5 ideas to keep all the bodies in your household moving and grooving – AND you can enjoy recess in the comfort of your backyard.

 

  1. Create an obstacle course with everyday backyard items.

Here’s a few ideas, to get you started:

  • Plastic cups – Weave in and out of these makeshift cones
  • Patio furniture – Run around or crawl under chairs
  • Outdoor blankets – Draped over chairs for tunnel
  • Trampoline chalk – Draw X marks the spots to bounce
  • Cardboard boxes – Create quick tunnels to crawl through
  • Some obstacle may be modified for the “big kids” (adults)

 

 

  1. Do a family cardio workout together.

Children are more likely to exercise when they see you being active. There are a ton of exercises that are safe for all ages. Start by stretching together as a family. Trying jumping on the trampoline for at least 10 minutes a day, jumping rope, jumping jacks, planks, push-ups, crunches, forward lunges and squats. You could even create different stations around the backyard and rotate to each station with music.

 

 

  1. Shoot hoops!

Take turns playing some b-ball games on your trampoline with your FlexrHoop.
Game Suggestions:

  • Around the World - Begin shooting from one side of the basket and then move to a new location with each successful shot. Mark different locations around the mat for your opponent to make on their turn. If you miss a shot in your game, you get one more chance to sink it or your turn ends. Whoever goes completely around the world first, wins!
  • Buzzer Beater - Set the timer. Try and make as many baskets as you can before the buzzer goes off.
  • Three-Point King - Practice shooting as far away from the hoop as you can get while on the trampoline.

 

 

  1. Play some learning & movement games.

Instead of inhibiting movement when learning, try to encourage your kids to use their bodies whenever possible. Movement allows children to connect concepts to action and to learn through trial and error. Try Twister, hopscotch, learn shapes, colors & numbers and other memory games.

 

 

  1. Take the music lessons outside!

Have a dance party, sing karaoke or practice your favorite instrument outside. Dancing to music helps children build motor skills while allowing them to practice self-expression. For children and adults, music helps strengthen memory skills. In addition to the developmental benefits, simply put: music brings us joy. Rock band in the backyard!

 

 

Make physical activity part of the daily routine, just as eating, homework, and other routine activities take place. Choose activities your family already enjoys and this will become part of their daily routine more easily. Make recess a family activity, so everyone is involved and benefits. Try to aim for 30-60 minutes of activity a day. If this timeframe is tough, break it up throughout the day. Also, try unplugging from technology during recess and trampoline time. Try adding some of these recess activities into the everyday schedule and you and your family will feel happier and healthier in no time!

 

 

 

 

 

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