Help your child to find their inner zen…
Our sedentary lockdown lifestyle has had a huge effect on children. Hands up if you recognise lockdown lethargy, loss of motivation, frequent trips to the biscuit tin and a lack of movement? If that sounds familar, The Little Gym Hampstead is here to help. Follow these six no-stress tips to add movement back into long lockdown days.
1. The Daily Routine
Make sure you have one and it’s realistic. There is nothing normal about lockdown and we can’t expect as much of each other. Be kind to yourself and create a routine that gives both you and your children a little slack and a lot of fun.
2. Must-Do Movement
Ignore the cries of ‘NO! I want to stay inside!’. They may dig their heels in at first, but once your child is out and moving, they’ll thaw like a morning frost. And as their ice melts, the giggles and silly questions will make you feel great too.
3. Start the day moving
Moving before homeschooling is great for boosting concentration, focus AND mood. If it’s too cold to get outside, try our Mini at Home videos – five-minutes of fun for a quick morning energy boost.
4. Let them do something daring and new!
Climb a tree, teeter along a brick fence, find the deepest puddle and jump right in, wrestle with abandon. Let them do something that makes you GASP. They’ll love it, and you may discover they’re capable of more than you think!
5. Make it fun!
The more movement and the wider the smile, the more endorphins flood your child’s body and brighten their day. Add some big belly laughs for some extra magic!
6. Relax before bedtime
Yoga, meditation and breathing exercises at bedtime, or anytime, promote concentration, self-awareness and can help children express themselves. Check out our ‘Mindful Movement’ Mini at Home video for a 5-minute yoga session.