Life in lockdown can be tricky to deal with. One of the most difficult parts is not being able to get out and get active like we are used to. However, there are now plenty of resources online to help get the kids (and you!) active and exercising. Here's a round up of some local and national offerings. Now you just have to get them off that device........
Aspire Sports UK
Taking care of your children, making sure they get enough exercise, trying to cover the curriculum, keeping them motivated; it can be overwhelming. To lend a (virtual) hand, Aspire Sports have created the Aspire Active Hub. The hub is a free, easy to use, online timetable full of activities, resources and physical challenges for your child to have fun whilst continuing their learning at home. Regularly updated, the Aspire Active Hub is host to the latest reputable, innovative and engaging content for primary school aged children. Whether you’re looking for activities to ensure your child is still getting their 60 minutes of physical activity a day, resources to supplement your child’s school work, inspiration to spark your child’s creativity or ideas to support their wellbeing, it’s all there for you.
Everyone Active takes its mission to get everybody doing at least 30 minutes of activity five times a week very seriously. That’s why they’ve put together an online fitness membership option to help you stay active at home. For £9.99 a month you can access over a 1000 workouts plus lots of hints and tips about staying healthy both in body and mind.
Elite Sports UK
There are lots of online classes to join in with or watch later on their website, which is free to members and £4 a class for non members. Or there is a small selection free on their YouTube channel, including PE ideas for kids. Or go to their Facebook page and learn how to juggle!
Follow their Facebook page and look out for their 60 Second Skill School. A new video is added every day. Or check out their YouTube channel.
Daily exercise sessions on YouTube with fun games and activities.
Complete Cricket are launching a fantastic online coaching service, comprising of individual and group coaching sessions! Sessions will be delivered by Managing Director David Smith and each 30 minute online assessment will focus on technical, tactical and mental skills.
Nuneaton Gymnastics Club
Head over to their Facebook page for lots of hints and tips for staying fit and healthy from British Gymnastics (plus online workouts from Olympian Max Whitlock). They are also posting lots of exercises and challenges in the following order: Workout Monday; Challenge Tuesday; Performance Wednesday; Activity Thursday; and Flexible Friday!
RB Gym and Sport post daily videos to their YouTube and social media platforms that allow children to take part in physical education in the surroundings of their own home. Using everyday household items their videos include Multi-Skills Sessions, Coaches Challenges, Fitness Fridays Videos and much more. In May they will also be hosting some Maths on the Move live quizzes, so look out for those! (Link is the YouTube link)
Six video challenges to perfect your tennis skills at home - click here.
Stourbridge based, Sporting Club Futsal have created a series of videos on YouTube to help children (and grown ups) hone their soccer skills!
Katie Billingham, who runs Wyre Forest Taekwon-Do, has loaded up some short, Ninja-inspired workout videos for the whole family to have a go at! https://www.facebook.com/pg/Hagley-TAGB-Tae-Kwon-Do-289347987819770/videos/?ref=page_internal
Online lessons (via a Facebook private group) at £10 a month. “No tennis racket or balls needed (if you do, great!). Our exciting programme for 2-6 year olds will be using everyday household objects to improve agility, balance and coordination through tennis based activities. Sometimes you might need a partner (brother, sister, mum, dad) but most importantly, make sure you bring bags of energy”. Get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org for a free 30 minute lesson or book online here. There is also a free YouTube channel with some pre-school activities to try.
Rugbytots Online Live
Rugbytots are offering you the opportunity to take part in live classes online. During the live online classes, your Rugbytots can expect to have as much fun as they do in a normal class. The coaches will follow a similar programme and improvise with household items in place of the usual Rugbytots equipment.
The classes will run through the Youtube channel at:
- 10am on Saturday and Sunday for under 3's
- 11am for children over 3 years of age.
The cost to sign up is £3.50 per week for a block of 4 weeks (£14). For this you get:
- Access to all four weekly sessions (should you wish to join them all).
- The option to watch them at a time convenient to you if you cannot join at the specified time.
- One price for the household so any amount of children in the house are able to join in.
Rugbytots will also be donating 50p of the weekly cost to the NHS. Anyone is welcome to sign up, whether you are a regular attendee of Rugbytots or just want to try something new. To sign up for our online classes click here.
The City of Wolverhampton Council’s leisure service, WV Active, is keeping young residents active with free online workouts for people to enjoy at home.
The WV Active website has a dedicated page of ‘virtual’ workouts for children and adults for all abilities to take part in from the safety of the house during the coronavirus emergency. The page includes a link to an online hub from global fitness leader Les Mills including children’s Born to Move classes.
It's really important to keep you children moving and engaged in positive activities. We can't let them spend all day on video games; that doesn't mean 'no video games at all' but they should be doing a healthy amount of varying activities every day. South Staffordshire Council has tips for keeping children active at home. Ideas include:
- Get outside and go for a walk, jog, bike ride or get on your scooter
- Get in the countryside and go for a bug hunt
- Do a spot of gardening and planting
- Play garden games likes hop scotch, tag, skipping and hula hooping
- Jump on your trampoline
- Clean down your bikes and scooters
- Sort your bedroom out and have a change round
- Do a fashion show while sorting your clothes out
There’s more here: https://www.sstaffs.gov.uk/leisure/keeping-children-active-at-home.cfm there’s also links to workouts here https://www.sstaffs.gov.uk/leisure/active-at-home.cfm
A bit further from home, CBeebies has some ideas for how to keep active with pre-schoolers, including Andy's Wild Workouts link to all of his Wild Adventures.
And, of course, no article of keeping fit could be complete with out the nations' PE teacher - Joe Wicks! Join Joe every morning at 9am on his YouTube channel for 30 minutes of exercise, plus quizzes and dressing up!