Homeschool PE – Fun And Free Ideas To Keep Fit While You Homeschool

February 5, 2019 9 Comments
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I have to admit exercise is definitely my down fall, and incorporating it into our homeschool day has not really happened. Freddie does go to rugby twice a week and swimming but other than that this is something that has slipped. Of course, children run around all day and with endless play dates, I don’t need to worry. However, I really want to get into introducing a more formal homeschool PE section into our everyday life.

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The reason I want to do homeschool PE is as much for him as it is for me. I just don’t do exercise at all. In fact any opportunity to do exercise I will shy away from. I am overweight and I really want to get in shape, so I thought if we could do some exercise as a family it would work well. I mean, I can’t give up if I won’t let Freddie give up! What kind of message would that send!

As I am very self conscious I thought as an initial step we would do some family exercise videos. In the comfort of our own home!!

Homeschool PE Videos on YouTube (FREE)

I have been looking at YouTube for inspiration and thought I would share the best YouTube Fitness Videos we could find.

14 of the best homeschool PE videos on youtube #youtube #video #exercise #familyexercise #homeschoolpe #physicalexercise

Other Homeschool PE Ideas

We have started to allow one hour at the start of our day to do some sort of exercise. Mostly we watch one of the YouTube exercise videos above. But these are a few other ideas:

  • Skipping
  • Couch to 5k
  • Bike ride (although I can’t ride a bike!!)
  • Running
  • Walking to the park
  • Trampolining (check out the health benefits of trampolining in a previous post.)

Benefits Of Families Exercising Together

The reason I wanted to exercise as a family was for my own selfish reasons if I am honest. If I started exercising with Freddie I wouldn’t be able give up.

Also we have such a giggle while doing the exercise videos, especially the yoga ones. I am 41 and unfit, and incredibly inflexible. I often end up on the floor in floods of laughter. But it is something we can do together, for free. While getting fitter. It is an absolute win win. Although when I can’t move the next day it is not so fun for me!!

It is a great way to start our homeschool day, as we are both so much more motivated. Well in my case I am desperate to sit down and have a break!!

The Benefits of Keeping Fit As A Family

I am classed as clinically obese now, and this is absolutely not something I am proud of. Exercising as a family is my way of showing Freddie this isn’t an acceptable life choice. (I know this is not always the case, but in my situation, I am overweight because I eat too much and don’t do enough exercise.)

Recent research from the University of Cambridge found that if parents were active, their children were 10% more likely to work out. “As a society, we have become more aware of health and fitness, so we are proactive in finding ways to exercise,” says performance and sports psychologist Michael Inglis. “Parents want to be positive role models to their children.”

What is your favourite way of doing homeschool PE? Please let me know in the comments.

How to incorporate family exercise into your homeschool day #homeschooling #exercise #familyexercise
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I am Clare, a homeschooling mum in the UK to my gorgeous 9 year old son, Freddie. We also live with my bearded husband Stuart.

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  • northernbird84 February 9, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    PE at school and humiliation I experienced within it is what led to me hating exercise. This is such a wonderful way to make it fun! #KCACOLS

    • freddiesmummyuk February 10, 2019 at 11:19 am

      Yes I am really not a big fan of exercise hiding in the house doing it definitely helps!!

  • Tracey Bowden February 9, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    I am terrible at keeping fit. My daughter is now old enough to use the gym where we have our memberships but we don’t go as often as we should. Have you tried the body coach workouts? He does them for schools now too which are aimed at kids #kcacols

    • freddiesmummyuk February 10, 2019 at 11:19 am

      Oh no I haven’t I will definitely take a look thank you 🙂

  • LanaPummill February 10, 2019 at 3:44 am

    These are great ideas! It is so important to stay active and to be good models for our children. I am going to pin this for later. Thank you! #KCACOLS

  • Mainy - myrealfairy February 12, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    I’m a big fan of the couch to 5 k idea. My son loves running and I can have a good walk with him running and my other son riding his bike. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time.

  • Typical Mummy February 13, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    I love the idea of exercising together as a family! I’ll definitely check out some of those videos! #KCACOLS

  • Sarah | Digital Motherhood February 14, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    You have some great suggestions here, YouTube is brilliant for exercise videos. Thanks for linking up with #KCACOLS, look forward to you joining us again soon.

  • Malin - Sensational Learning with Penguin February 15, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    Personally, I really like dancing so that hopefully brings a little bit of fitness with it, even though it’s only dancing around at home, nothing more organised. We do quite a bit of walking and running around while out and about, as well as some swimming, trampolining etc, so I think we’re getting an okay amount of exercise. We’ve tried the Cosmic Kids Yoga on YouTube too, and I quite liked it, though Penguin wasn’t convinced lol x #KCACOLS

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