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Parents struggle to keep children fit during shutdown

Slipping into a sedentary lifestyle is a fear for many during the shutdown. But parents are more concerned about the lack of exercise in their children’s lives at the moment. With schools remaining closed, parents struggle to find physical activities to entertain their children.

Parents struggle to keep children fit during shutdown


A rise in the use of technology has left many parents stumped on how to get their children on their feet. “Without school, kids don’t have much to do. Their virtual classes are also online, which means more screen time. We've tried to restrict gadget time, but sometimes just doesn’t work out,” said Ashwin, a parent of a 10-year-old.

Those residing in apartments and gated communities have an easier time due to the presence of other children and more open space. “Parents living in colonies have a WhatsApp group where we discuss activities for our kids. We usually get the kids to go cycling around the compound in the evenings, and a parent supervises for safety. Sometimes they play cricket, too, but we try not to have them play any sport with a lot of contact,” said Annaporni, mother of an eight-year-old.

For some, this presents an opportunity to bond with their children. Some share experiences of going to the terrace and family-exercise sessions, be it either through walking, skipping, yoga or aerobics.

However, many are scared that this will have long-term effects. “My child is seven, and he is still growing. This would be summer vacation, and he would spend these months playing with friends and working off his energy. Staying fit at this time is important to fight off the virus, and kids too need to be safe,” said a parent.

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