Kids got energy? Try this 15-minute workout as a family

All this self-isolation may have been a welcome break at first. More time at home with family is usually something we crave in our busy work schedules as we’re scrambling from one to-do to another. But now the walls may be closing in, and your kids may be running out of activities at the expense of your sanity.

Here’s the good news. Even though parks and hikes and schools and camps are closed, you can still step outside for a breath of fresh air (of course, keeping 6 feet between you and those you don’t share a home with). It may not seem like much, but a little exercise outdoors can be a lifeline right now.

EXOS performance coach Eric Dannenberg put together this quick 15-minute kids’ workout (designed for ages 5 to 12 years old). Find whatever outdoor space is available to you and practice safe social distancing. The routine is high-energy, and it’ll also teach them some cool stuff about posture and movement.

Want to up the ante? A couple of ideas:

  • Award participants. Give awards at the end for completing the workout (bonus point for making DIY trophies, another way to keep those wild ones occupied).
  • Make it a friendly competition between siblings. Give prizes for things like best form and best attitude (never a bad time to teach good sportsmanship, right?)
  • Get involved. They’ll think it’s more fun if the whole family is in on it.
  • Repeat throughout the day as needed. This workout is short enough that you can do it a few times a day when everyone needs to release some pent-up energy.

For more workouts, check out our youtube channel.

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Catherine Conelly

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