With kids pushing through their school days stationed at home working on computers and tablets, the hours often slip by without much thought to movement. Between scheduled meetings, live virtual instruction, assignments, tests and projects, finding time to fit in physical activity may seem daunting to families on the distance learning journey. Luckily, even short, simple bursts of movement throughout the day is all students need to keep their bodies – and their minds – healthy and strong.
While avoiding abnormal postures and positions with an ergonomically correct workstation is a great way to protect your kids’ musculoskeletal systems, it’s never a good idea for anyone to spend too much time sitting in one position. Our muscles, bones and brain all need regular movement breaks.
“Our bodies and brains crave movement and variety,” explains Physical Therapist Mindy English. “By moving during breaks, you are stimulating your brain and body to perform better.”
The key for kids, English emphasizes, is to make movement fun. Whether it’s before, during or after school, make sure you’re giving your students multiple chances to play and bounce their energy out. Better yet, play and bounce with them – after all, it’s not just good for their health, it’s good for yours, too.