Indoor Physical Fitness Activities for Online School Students
For growing online school students, time spent indoors during fall and winter can result in plenty of pent-up energy. Before your kids become restless and distracted, take some time to plan simple physical fitness activities so they can exercise their bodies and burn off steam right at home.
Just because it’s too cold for outdoor play doesn’t mean online school kids should remain sedentary all day! There are many benefits of exercise. Structured breaks for exercise and play are important for mental health and physical fitness—and can be excellent incentives to use to promote student motivation.Physical fitness exercises also provide a break in the online school day, so kids can return to their studies with a positive attitude and renewed ability to focus. Try the activity below to get the whole family moving this winter. You’ll set a healthy example and teach your child about the benefits of exercise.
Indoor Physical Fitness Trail
Create your own fitness trail by following these steps:
- Download our free physical fitness trail signs.
- Print the activity signs on paper or card stock, then cut them apart.
- Post the signs throughout your home, particularly in areas that are frequently visited by your student.
Each physical fitness trail sign describes a brief activity, such as “20 Jumping Jacks.” Ask students to complete the activity each time they arrive at the sign location. For example, a sign on the refrigerator might ask the student to “Do 15 lunges before opening the refrigerator door.” For a longer break, have your student “hit the trail” to complete the entire circuit of exercises.
You can leave the signs up all day or just during a portion of the day. The download includes one blank sign so you can add or swap out exercises.
As another option, have your student use the chart included with the sign download as a way to keep track of how many exercises are completed. Use stars or other stickers, one for each activity, or perhaps one per circuit for older children and adults. You may even want to add an extra incentive, such as an extra 5 minutes of television or gaming for every 10 activities.
As you get active as a family, remember that the benefits of exercise are more than just physical. You can all reap the rewards of stress relief and clearer thinking too! And you can feel satisfied knowing that setting a positive example by promoting physical fitness is one of the best things you can do for your online school student’s future health.