First off, I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy and safe during these times. It’s crazy to me that one of the last activities I did before the lockdown was spending the weekend skiing with the U16 teams and enjoying the banquet! What I would give to go back to that right now.
It is very hard to stay fit and active during the lockdown, schools and gyms are closed, sports are shut down and people can’t get together to do anything.. that being said there are ways to keep busy and active while just kickin around the house. I live in a downtown Toronto condo with no yard, so I have had to become creative with my workouts. Here are a few tips for kids and parents.
KIDS, Once you’re done your school work that is required, I am sure TikTok and your Xbox or PS4 are getting some serious use, and personally, I am OK with that (hopefully your parents are too… but not ALL day) because it keeps the mind active and gives you ways to continue to socialize with your friends. But in between games or rounds or swipes, do some reps, whether it’s 10 pushups, 10 crunches, or 10 burpees, it’s a good way to reward yourself with another game or a few more swipes on TikTok. I’ve included 10 different “1-minute workouts” that can be done. Anyone of you could do 100 of these in one day.
You should also be doing something more physical at least twice or three times a week, whether it is going for a run or a bike ride, get up and active for more than an hour as often as possible.
Start slow! If you’re not a runner (like me) start with something short like one kilometre and see how you feel... if it’s easy, do more and if it’s hard, do the same distance again and again until it isn’t hard, then add more distance. I started at one KM and am now up to four KM twice a week.
PARENTS, I’m sure this isn’t the easiest of times with work and kids being all blended together at home. If your kids are attending online classes or being homeschooled, incorporate some recess and a ”gym class” into their days. This can be as simple as a card game for a mental break, a bike ride, hide and seek around the house or make it a bit more active and intense with some circuit training in the backyard. It is important for you to also get some activity and a change of scenery with everything happening under one roof. If your kids are runners, join them, if they bike, bike with them. Lastly, please please please don’t forget to sit and enjoy a glass of wine or a beer (responsibly!) when needed, especially as the weather gets nice…this is probably my most important piece of advice.
I hope you are all finding the enjoyment of family in this absolutely crazy time. Kids, please don’t drive your parents crazy, it’s definitely hard for them too. We’re all in this together, and that starts at home. If you’re looking for any additional information or entertainment I would be happy to help. We could easily set up a Jozo video chat to keep in touch! If so, please reach out to Dave Grose to get the wheels spinning on this