Mark Steinert on How Families Can Stay Physically Active While Social Distancing

The coronavirus outbreak is disrupting the social status quo. To help combat the virus, we all have a responsibility to stay home, restrict travel and practice social distancing. As we adapt to this new reality, organizations and activities from sports to education have been radically altered almost overnight. Businesses and schools are shaking things up by going remote, while healthcare professionals and patients are turning to new medical tools like telemedicine. Confronted with the coronavirus, it’s necessary for all of us to explore new ways of adjusting to our ever changing and uncertain environment.

But what could that look like for your family or the families in your church trying to stay active while cooped up at home?

During this time, it’s all too easy for us and our children to lose touch with the outdoor activities, gym routines, and sports leagues that have been such a significant part of our lives for so long. With parents working from home and kids taking their classes online from the sofa or bedroom, homes have been quickly transformed into bustling workplaces and classrooms. As the boundaries between work, school and personal life are being redefined, we may be too stressed or too preoccupied managing household affairs to think about physical fitness.

But physical health is a crucial part of our overall well-being. If we neglect our physical health, we run the risk of worsening our mental, emotional and spiritual condition too. And during this pandemic, where there is increased stress from anxiety, uncertainty and social isolation, no one can afford to neglect the things that matter most. That’s why there’s such a great need for homebound families to find simple ways to stay active and maximize their time together for the betterment of all.

Before the virus outbreak, many families relied on their church communities and sports leagues for order, support and guidance while trying to stay healthy. But now that our church communities aren’t gathering together in buildings and our sports leagues are on pause, we all need to innovate and think outside the box if we’re going to stay active and engaged while at home.

One great way to start is for families to build virtual communities with each other, their churches and their friends from their sports leagues. These online groups can be vital in sharing fitness resources, activity plans and much-needed encouragement.

Many people simply don’t know what they can do to exercise and play while confined to the limited space of their homes. But fortunately for us, we live in a connected world with access to technology that allows us to keep in touch and maintain relationships with important individuals in our lives. The internet offers endless opportunities for families to pool their knowledge, brainstorm and come up with fitness ideas together. These options might include core basics like those listed below, or something off the wall that your family will remember forever — like inventing a new sport with items you have on hand, laughing through a yoga video together or competing to see who can win the flexibility challenge.

Whole church communities can enjoy taking part in exercise and helping to hold each other accountable. At Upward Sports, we encourage our church partners and participating families to stay connected with their teams, even after the season is over. Pastors, church leaders and volunteers can all play a vital role in keeping in touch and promoting creative ways to maintain ongoing physical fitness.

But whatever ideas you or others generate, the key is building a simple and workable routine that’s fun, safe and easy to follow.

There are lots of tools in our fitness toolbox to use in developing these plans. Here are just a few practical ideas:

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Source: Christian Headlines