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Exercise tips for parents or the whole family while sheltering at home


Solid nutrition, daily exercise and a good sleep regimen can help families beat the stay-at-home blues, support the immune system and reach good overall health as we all continue to follow the shelter-at-home order.

With gyms closed and restrictions placed on hiking and park outings, finding the space and time to exercise may be challenging, along with all the other responsibilities that we have with working, homeschooling and daily chores. Online exercise and dance videos have never been more popular, with easy routines that can last as little as five minutes! Doing this a few times a day can help reach our daily exercise goals, keep our bodies moving and keep stress in check.


For the whole family!

Choose your favorite character and run in place until the timer runs out. Then switch to another activity with the video!

Tabata workouts (this one, great for Avengers fans) are all the rage, a great way to get the heart pumping in quick successions. HIIT workouts with Spiderman will prove to be popular too!

Zumba for the family, Minions-style!

Pop Sugar’s Family workout is a challenging 13-min routine that will get you working up a sweat.

Just Dance! Using music that kids love, these workouts get the wiggles out, uplift your mood, and help the day go better.

Cosmic Kids Yoga is a great way to strengthen the core, stretch, balance, and learn about mindfulness.


Just for you:

Crossfit Chateau: Recommended by moms in the Seattle area, this workout uses your bodyweight for a 15-min routine.

Fitnessblender: A Seattle based husband and wife duo, they’ve created over 600 videos for all types of workouts and goals.

Adrien’s Yoga: Another rec from Seattle moms, Adrien’s classes offer great yoga stretches to improve core and flexibility (her cute dog, Benji, makes an appearance too).

Blogilates: With over 4 million subscribers, Cassie Ho is a fitness trainer who has hundreds of videos ranging from yoga to pilates to cardio workouts.

Support local: Miss your gym (many have switched to online videos) or your workout group? Check out your local Fit4MOM or Stroller Strides for virtual class listings.


Don’t like videos or have space to jump around? Take things outside. Find time to take a 30-minute walk around the neighborhood, bike or even walk around the spaces inside your home (best done when Legos and toys are off the floor), and PLAY. Play with your kids – dance wherever you are, play tag, kick a ball around, use one of the worksheets below to keep moving.


Fitness Bingo – Hold a plank for 15 seconds, hop on one foot, do a wall squat. Follow the directions on each square and see who can reach four in a row!

Movement Mat– Pretend to vroom around your kitchen like a car, gallop like a horse! Pick another challenge and get movin’!

Spell Your Name Workout– Get your heart pumping and teach your kids to spell their name (and yours too!)

Couch to 5K: No better time to getting your running shoes on and train for a 5K – tips on how to train on your treadmill too.


*Be sure to check with your doctor before beginning a new workout regimen.


Jasmin Thankachen is an Eastside mom and contributing writer. She also writes the enewsletter: At Home with Jasmin.