Beat the winter blues and keep kids active, says charity
Following the success of a week-long campaign to get children and families moving at home in light of Coronavirus, children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust is urging children and parents to keep up the good habits picked up over the summer.
As life begins to return to some form of normal and the winter nights draw in, the charity wants the principles of its National School Sport Week at Home (which ran in June) to develop into healthy habits for life. While this summer may not have been the one UK families had originally planned, the charity has created ideas and activities to keep families active and entertained for a Stay Active Staycation well into the autumn and winter months.
Research by YouGov on behalf of the Youth Sport Trust shows that one consequence of weeks of lockdown has been Physical Education, sport and exercise helping 27% of young people to feel better. 40% said that not being able to take part in sport during lockdown was something that had made them feel worse.
The UK Chief Medical Officer recommends that young people do 60 minutes of physical activity a day. During lockdown, the number of children achieving this plummeted from just under half to only one in five despite the positive benefits physical activity has on young people’s wellbeing. It is why the Youth Sport Trust has compiled a survival kit of free resources to support young people’s mental and physical wellbeing – themed around togetherness – as social distancing remains in place to keep young people motivated to move into the winter.
Ali Oliver, Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust, said:
“The Government’s recent announcement on its obesity strategy has come at a crucial time for improving our nation’s health and we welcome its commitment to tackling obesity.
“If we are to win this war on obesity, we urge the Government to ensure that the vital role of sport and physical activity is not overlooked. This could not be more important for young people.
“We need a joined up national approach to turn around the crisis of inactivity which sees only one-in-five young people active for the Chief Medical Officer’s recommended 60 minutes every day.
“An active lifestyle nurtured from childhood will help young people grow up healthier, happier and more likely to fulfil their potential.”
Take a look at the activities on offer here and more tips below:
Pick an artistic, team, adventure, aiming or athletic sport of your choice. This could be horizontal climbing using shoes or socks lying around the house or speed bounce over a cushion, whatever you chose, have fun!
60 second physical activity challenges
Challenge yourself, a family member, or friend to an activity and try to improve it. If you got 50 speed bounces, can your friend get 60?
Capture your efforts on video or camera to share with friends or on social media and so you can remember the summer when you had lots of fun being active and connecting in new ways.
More ideas on free activities for families can be found at www.youthsporttrust.org/stay-active-staycation-0