Virtual learning is something we’re all navigating for the first time and finding ways to keep your child focused throughout the day can be challenging. It’s important to keep them active and give them some much needed time away from screens.
Amra Nasir, MD, the Medical Director of Clinical Operations for Adventist HealthCare Urgent Care says,
“When kids feel better, they learn better. Taking short breaks throughout the day to get some form of exercise is essential in keeping them motivated and prepared for a full day of learning.”
Give these quick brain breaks a try to reset their energy levels!
Five Minute Brain Breaks:
Reach for the stars
Sitting in one position for too long can put a strain on the spine. Take a break by having kids stand with their feet shoulder-width apart. With their right hand on their hip, have them stretch their left hand over their head as far as they can reach. Repeat on the other side. Finish the stretch by letting their body slowly roll down until their hands touch the floor. Take a deep breath in and slowly roll back up.
Play your child’s favorite song and have a dance party! Music is a natural mood booster and dancing is an easy way to get some physical activity in. You could even teach them some dances to your favorite songs such as the Cha-Cha Slide, Macarena or Conga!
Chef it up
Incorporate some cooking into your child’s day by having them help make a quick, healthy snack for themselves! Kids are more likely to try new foods if they’re involved in the cooking process. Some safe snack options are ants on a log, turkey roll ups, or energy balls!
Get the heart pumping
A great way to use up all that extra energy is to see how quickly your child can do a sequence of exercises in a minute. Start by timing them on how long it takes to do 5 jumping jacks, 4 sit ups, 3 pushups, 2 lunges, and 1 squat. Repeat and see if they can beat their time!