Resources for Staying Active with Kids While Social Distancing

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As we all prepare for the weeks ahead with kids out of school and the uncertainty of when things will return to normal, it’s easy to be feeling a little stir crazy already. I myself am a divorced mom of four working from home with kids this week, and getting some of this pent up energy out through physical activities has become imperative. I’m fortunate to have a decent backyard where the kids can run around outside, but our daily lives had definitely been disrupted.

So far this week, we’ve been able to get out of the house once a day to go explore the outdoors while still practicing social distancing. But with places like the San Antonio Botanical Garden closing, and the uncertainty of how long we’ll be allowed to venture out for walks along the Mission Reach, I reached out to the San Antonio Charter Moms discussion group. I’ve pooled together some online resources for indoor physical activities for kids while practicing social distancing. 

Les Mills Born to Move Youth Exercise Videos

With over 70 workout videos organized by ages for 4-5 year olds up through 13-16 year olds, these videos are a great way to get in some movement at home. Some videos require a subscription, but many of them are free to access. 

YMCA 360

Although not geared specifically for kids, the YMCA decided to launch its online classes for free amidst COVID-19 instead of limiting it to members as was originally intended. YMCA 360 features over 60 free exercises, including yoga, Tai Chi, and youth sports performance. 

925 Fit Kids

If you’re looking for a way to support local businesses while getting fit at home, check out 925 Fit Kids. They’ll be offering daily workout videos including warm up, workout, and cool down instructions. 

Coach Wood

What do P.E. teachers do when schools are shut down? They start making videos for everyone! Coach Wood is an elementary P.E. teacher based out of Tennessee, and he’s making daily workout videos for kids. Day 2 is a toilet paper workout and Day 3 is costume yoga, love it! 

GoNoodle

This one is completely new to us, but GoNoodle offers videos to get kids moving “to be their strongest, bravest, silliest, smartest, bestest selves.” Their videos help turn screen time into active time, burn off extra energy on bad weather (or social distancing) days, and calm kids down before bedtime. 

Cosmic Kids Yoga

Cosmic Kids Yoga was recommended by a number of moms in our discussion group, and it’s a great resource for yoga, mindfulness, and relaxation for kids. We could all use some time to decompress right about now. 

Have other resources you recommend for staying active at home? Let us know in the comments!

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