Keeping children active during the COVID-19 pandemic


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR)- – Many studies show exercise is not only good for the body, but it’s good for the brain. However, many children are simply not exercising during this pandemic.

While some students — like Lila Cork — say, “I started reading a lot and I watched a lot of T.V.,” others — like Anias Clark — say, “for the first two months, I didn’t do anything.”

Dr. Chris Pierce, Section Chief at Carilion Children’s Pediatric Medicine, says he’s worried about the lack of exercise for children since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic because, “the need for social distancing has left many children just not getting out but staying shut-in.”

Pandemic or not, though, there are plenty of ways to keep your children active.

According to Fitbody Bootcamp Roanoke fitness coach, Jackie Hogan, “you just wanna have a plan, have several items for each kid, you know things that they like to do.”

Hogan, a mom of three and fitness coach, suggests parents get creative with activities for kids.

“Make obstacle courses outside,” says Hogan. “My daughter makes one and makes my son do it and run around the car do three jump ropes, just different things for each person.”

Dr. Pierce stresses to all parents to be straight up and honest.

“Older children understand more than younger ones how being home-bound has impacted them,” says Dr. Pierce.

Pierce also says, “During stressful times children don’t always talk about their feelings, so parents need to be supported to their children, as well.”

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