There’s no denying it: lockdown is hard!
It’s tough enough for professionals these days who are juggling workload, domestics and social life while staring at the same four walls day-in, day-out.
For families with young kids, lockdown is especially hard. If you have school aged children at home, you know how busy it can get when you’re trying to homeschool the little ones, especially when you’re keen to keep overall screen time to a minimum and help them burn off excess energy.
Get outside, get active!
Luckily, we are all still allowed to go outside to exercise during lockdown. And while our children may be missing out on the fun of Soccajoeys soccer classes, there are ways you can help your kids stay healthy and fit. Below is a list of fun activities to engage in during lockdown that will help you stay sane and your children stay fit, so that they are ready to jump back into soccer classes once lockdown finishes!
Kick the ball around at the park
This may seem like an obvious one, but a lot of parents are worried their own soccer skills may not be up to scratch to keep up with a Soccajoeys soccer star! Don’t worry, kicking the ball around at the park is not meant to measure your skill level, but instead is meant to be fun and interactive. In fact, it can be really helpful to your kids when they see you modelling a “have a go” behaviour and are willing to laugh about and learn from your own mistakes. You may even want to think about a solution for a soccer goal and practice goal shots, or just kick the ball back and forth, practicing aim and ball handling skills. Whatever you want to do, it will be fantastic practice – added bonus: you’ll get to take home happy, tired children!
There are many ways you can get creative on the playground. Set a challenge for your children to race up and down the climbing frame, across the money bars and up and down the slide. This helps them learn how to challenge themselves safely, within their abilities and with your supervision and encouragement. Or if you don’t have a playground nearby, get creative and use what’s available – you can let them race against each other around the park, around the trees, through the bushes and back. Not only does this push them to increase their personal best, it also builds their stamina and muscles to keep them strong and healthy. Most important of all, it’s fun!
Walk, run, cycle
Soccer is physically demanding, requiring excellent cardiovascular fitness. Chasing a ball around the soccer field for 90 minutes straight requires both stamina and dedication! There are plenty of ways to work on our cardio strength, even during lockdown. So throw on your running shoes or grab your bicycles and get active with your kids! It’s a great way to spend time with the little ones and explore new areas in your neighbourhood while keeping fit.