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It's time to get moving and active again

Just a few generations ago, physical activity was an integral part of daily life. We walked ran, lifted and carried, we pushed and pulled; we dug, harvested and gathered; we danced; jumped and climbed, but things have changed- we have changed.

The physical inactivity epidemic has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 Pandemic. It has caused a large percentage of the global population to live under some form of lockdown with gyms, stadiums, pools, dance and fitness studios, physiotherapy centres, parks and playgrounds closed. As a result, many of us have been less physically active, have had far longer screen time, irregular sleep patterns and worse diets, resulting in for many of us, weight gain and a loss of physical fitness. In other words, COVID-19 has not only been a disaster in terms of lives and jobs lost, but the lockdowns enforced across the world have also been a disaster for our health and fitness.

Fortunately, with lockdowns now easing in some countries, including China, it’s time to start moving again and thinking about our general health and fitness.

Here are some ideas to ensure you and your children are able to get back into shape after a sedentary few months:

Plan a routine – Look at the week ahead and make sure you are scheduling in sufficient time to be active and moving. Try to do something every day. Whether that means walking around the park, hiking, cycling, swimming or playing basketball with friends. Do the same for the children. Make sure they aren’t spending all their time at home glued to the screen, extra classes and doing their homework! But remember - don’t manage every second of your child’s time, free play is just as important as structured and organized play and activities. It’s also a lot cheaper!

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Walk or ride your bicycle instead of driving or using public transport – Try to walk or cycle to the supermarket or the mall, make sure you are getting your 10,000 daily steps in!

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Set challenges – Compete with each other within the family unit, who can do the most push-ups, crunches, star jumps in a set period, award small prizes to the winner. Maybe you can put a little chart on the fridge to track all your progress?

Connect with people – In an era of no Foxes trips or community sport activities in school, call up friends, go to the park, have a picnic and a good run around with the kids.

Sleep well – The benefits of this are well established, but if you get sufficient rest and sleep it will also help you to feel more energetic and productive within your daily routine!

 

Mr. Plummer

Director of Sports