Keeping children fit while stuck inside

Plus ideas for making exercise fun for kids—and maybe even yourself

Anna Dopheide has plenty of activities to keep her five-year-old son's brain fit when he's stuck inside. But his body? That's a different challenge entirely.

“Somehow, everything active we try turns into backbreaking work,” says the mom from Studio City, California. “Putting the trampoline in the living room means pushing heavy furniture out of the way. A kid yoga video means my husband and I are doing kid yoga, too!”

Whether you're trying to avoid risks related to COVID-19 or protecting children from extreme weather, keeping kids active these days might seem impossible. But it’s important. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, exercise can help kids improve recall, concentration, and grades—crucial things as many schools transition to digital classrooms.

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