By Phuong Le
The mental, physical and other benefits of getting outside are many, and a boost of nature and fresh air can be essential for kids, not to mention the adults in their lives, during times when schools are closed and regular recreational opportunities are limited.
Children and adolescents need at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You don’t need fancy equipment to get moving or stay physically active, whether you choose to do it inside or outside. It can be as simple as doing jumping jacks or sit-ups in your living room, skipping rope in the apartment hallway (sorry downstairs neighbors), or just moving more and sitting less.
And while it’s tempting to get together with others to enjoy active time, especially for kids, experts are recommending we seek alternatives.