This post is sponsored by Fitivities. All thoughts and the story are all my own.
Is physical activity on the bottom of the priority list in your homeschool? In our home, we went through a period of time when physical activity was limited to only the extracurricular classes my daughters were taking at the moment. On the days they didn't have class, they also didn't have much physically activity. The lack of physical activity wasn't good for them, and I made it a point to make sure we started exercising in our home. There are many good reasons to be intentional about physical movement, and today I am sharing four of the top reasons we are committed to exercise.
Improves energy levels
Do you ever feel sluggish throughout the day? I know I do. I also know that on some days my children are a bit sluggish, too. Regular physical activity can offer a boost of energy which can help rid the sluggish feeling that many of us experience. if I feel like worn down whether from being tired or emotionally drained, a nice, long walk often perks me up. My daughters and I have come to love our morning walks. The walk sets the pace for our day and helps us to clear our minds before jumping into our school work. With improved energy, we also have better focus.
I don't know about you, but when I am tired or low on energy I can't focus. When my daughters are tired or have low energy, I get glazed over eyes when we're supposed to be discussing our latest literature selection. When we are unfocused, it makes a long day, and honestly, it can feel like the day had been wasted even when we do manage to plow through. I am not a fan of plowing through because the lessons or information isn't always retained. By having brain breaks that promote physical activity, I help my daughters have a better chance of retaining the information and being engaged with the lessons. I like pairing Fitivities task cards with other academic skills. It helps my daughters "wake up" and have better concentration.
I like the mental and emotional benefits of exercise, but I can't deny the physical benefits of regular exercise. One of my goals as a mother is to help my daughters enter adulthood healthy. It doesn't matter if we eat only healthy food if our lives are sedentary. Moving regularly and intentionally helps all of us keep our weight in check. By keeping our weight in check, we are less likely to need spend money on medications for diseases related to weight. We are less likely to need to constantly buy new clothes because our bodies continue to widen. We are less likely to see ourselves with a negative view even if we aren't as light as the BMI chart suggests. Teaching and helping my daughters understand the importance of controlling their weight in a healthy way will hopefully keep them from having major struggles in adulthood.
These are just a few reasons to be active in your homeschool.