Being active in a way that is right for you, can improve your physical health, help manage stress and anxiety and just generally make you feel better.
You can also still go outside for a walk, run, wheel – or any other way you normally get active outside – provided you are doing so in a way that meets the latest guidance on social distancing and advice on unnecessary social contact.
Be Fit For Life’s Guide for Parents: Physical Activity At Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic
There are lots of physical activity resources being shared through different media channels during this time, which we recognize can be overwhelming. This simple guide can help you choose and develop a physical activity plan that works for your family. Download the infographic, the single page PDF handout, or individual images for sharing on social media.
Activity Ideas for Adults
Be Active – Warming Up for Your Daily Life Poster
No equipment exercises that can help adults to maintain strength and balance to help prevent falls and be prepared for daily activities.
At-Home Isometric Exercise Ideas for People Living With a Disability, Article Shared by The Steadward Centre
Isometric exercise ideas for wheelchair users and people experiencing limited mobility.
Chair Yoga Flow
Try this chair yoga flow at home. Great for those with limited mobility.
UBC’s Group-Based Physical Activity for Older Adults (Videos)
A series of instructional videos for older adults.
Medicine Hat Be Fit For Life At-Home Workouts
Visit the MHC BFFL YouTube page, where they are posting a variety of workouts to do at home.
Lac La Biche Be Fit For Life At-Home Workouts
Visit the Lac La Biche Be Fit For Life YouTube, for a variety of at home workout.
Vermilion Be Fit For Life Centre’s At-Home Resources for Adults
Free Online Streamed Fitness Classes
Many fitness facilities are offering free or paid live streamed classes and/or at home workout templates daily. Check with a fitness facility or provider near you or online.
A new resource created by Be Fit For Life, in partnership with Jordan Lynn Bell, M.A. Counselling, CPC. Use these walking meditations as a means to support your physical and mental health; combining mindfulness, being present in the moment and movement. This resource also has components that will support families to all try mindful walking.
Activity Ideas for the Whole Family
There are quite a few versions of the Movement Dice Posters. You could also use a blank one and create different ones each day, week, etc.
Here is a video of an example.
These types of games would work well if students are at home with other family members.
Here is an example of an active game of tik tac toe. This same idea could be used for spelling or math.
Warm Up Poster
Use this poster to create a home fitness routine.
Mindfulness activities that include strategies to manage stress, emotions and attention
Small space movement activities
Here is a link to a 30 minute yoga sequence loaded onto powerpoint
AMA Youth Run Club
The Alberta Medical Association Youth Run Club has many resources to keep the whole family moving. Follow along this Yoga & Relaxation Sequence or try these Partner Strength Training Exercises.
10 At Home Learning & Movement Activities
Activities compiled by Phys. Ed. Teacher, Kevin Tiller
A YouTube Playlist of Home Dances for COVID-19
They also have Daily Live Classes found at https://www.pl3yinc.com/at-home-pl3y-classes
Another YouTube playlist of Follow-Along Dances for Phys-Ed
Just Dance Kids
Just Dance Kids has many dances to follow along to on YouTube. Gather the family and have a dance party!
ARPAs Nature Play Flash Cards
Ideas and activities to rediscover play in natural spaces.
Active for Life Resources
AFL has a wealth of activity ideas and resource for parents. They have compiled a list of 200 activities to do with your kids at home.
Medicine Hat Be Fit For Life’s Live Workouts & Active Breaks
Variety of instructor led home workouts and active breaks. Follow along for live at home workouts and active breaks.
Visit them on Youtube and Facebook
Calgary Board of Education At-Home Activities
Great variety of activities that can be done offline and outside
BOKS Kids At Home
Live workouts and home activity packs.
Grande Prairie Regional Sport Connection At-Home Sport & Recreation
Find local and non-local resources compiled by sport and recreation partners in Grande Prairie.
AniMoves Indigenous Languages Edition
Use the deck of Alphabet AniMoves to help explore fun and creative movements while learning the names of animals in Indigenous languages of Alberta. Download the Cree Edition, Blackfoot Edition & Stoney Nakoda Edition.
A Blackfoot Movement Story
This moving story book was created as an introduction to the Blackfoot Creation Story. Download the story and move along to it!
A Reading of As Big As The Sky, As Tall As The Trees
Visit the BFFL YouTube page to hear author Leah Yardley reading the moving story aloud.
Online OPEN PE Network – weekly at home lesson plans
This website is great for a PE teacher to teach from home
Get Outside And Play Free Resources
Download resources to help dress for the weather and play outside.
Mindful Moments Bookmarks
These fun colourful bookmarks provide everyday ideas and simple techniques to inspire mindfulness. This resource was developed in partnership with the CHHS Blue Crew Wellness Team. Print the document, linked here, double-sided on cardstock and cut into bookmarks to share.
Canada’s National Ballet School’s Sharing Dance
Canada’s National Ballet School provides many different opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to share dance. Here you will find resources and videos for kids, seniors, all ages, and adult ballet.
ParticipACTION’s Build Your Best Day
Where kids learn the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines the fun way.
Free Downloads from the Medicine Hat Be Fit For Life Centre
Try Tropical Yoga Adventure, Activity Sticks, Summer Olympic Fit Zone, Minute to Move It, Arena Circuit or the Olympic Family Challenge. Located at the following link under the Downloable Resources tab.
A Google Doc list of suggested Physical Activity, Mental Health, Healthy Eating Websites.
SOGO At Home
Adventure Running & Orienteering at home activities with options for preschoolers, 6-12yrs, 10-16yrs and their families. Visit their website.
OPHEA Supports Phys Ed At Home
A variety of resources to support support parents and caregivers with health and physical education at home. Visit their collection of resources on their website.
Edmonton Sport Council
A variety of resources to get kids active at home. Visit their webpage.
I Love a Challenge – Dark House Athletic
Individual challenges on YouTube to get everybody active. Visit Dark Horse Athletic.
Physical Literacy At Home Games – Medicine Hat BFFL Centre
Try these at home games to support the development of physical literacy. This YouTube Playlist includes Wacky Walks, Having a Ball, Body Bending Bean Bag Challenge, and Balloon Body Bump.
Canadian Tire Play from Home
A variety of resources and supports from a variety of partners. Visit their site.
Free Footie Daily Videos – Videos created to support elementary age students would word normally participate in an after school multi-sport program.
Daily videos from friends of Free Footie – targeted at children and youth. Visit Free Footie on Facebook.
In Motion Network
Resources and links to get active at home. Visit their list on Google Drive.
Canadian Olympic School
At home activities from Canadian Olympic School. Visit their website.
Well At Home
Wellness ideas for school communities from Alberta Health Services’. All resources are available online and are categorized under Alberta Education’s Dimensions of Wellness – Physical, Emotional, Intellectual, Social, Spiritual. View the list in Google Drive.
Virtual Rattler Race
The 41st annual Medicine Hat College Rattler Run is going virtual! Join in for this free community event happening Saturday, April 25, 2020. Run, walk, wheel or treadmill your way to a 3K, 5K, or 10K race! Register at RattlerRun.ca.
PHE Home Learning Centre
The PHE Home Learning Centre has been assembled to support educators during this unprecedented time in continuing to offer quality physical and health education learning experiences under the new paradigm of online educational delivery within a home setting.
DASH BC Healthy At Home
DASH staff have been hard at work putting together easy-to-use, one-page resources that can connect educators and parents to the BC Physical and Health Education Curriculum for grades Kindergarten through to Grade 12.
Lethbridge College Be Fit With Your Kid
This free resource is for you to stay active and get creative with your family in the comfort of your own home and yard. Be Fit for Life challenges you to try all activities regardless of the equipment you have to develop skills and discover new interests. Designed for those aged 6-17, with an adult.
Walk and Play
Going for a walk? Try these playful ideas to make your walk fun and interesting! Resources created by the Lethbridge area based collective Building Brains.
My Active at Home PLAYbook
Designed for preschool (with adult support) through grade 3, the My Active at Home PLAYbook features fun activities from a variety of Be Fit for Life Network resources. Print one page or the entire booklet and work through 1-2 activities/day or when they best fit into your routine.
Click here for the print version
Click here for a version that can be filled in on your computer.
Outdoor Scavenger Hunt
Print off this outdoor scavenger hunt next time you head out to a natural area.
Does tracking your activities or meal planning help you stay on task? Try out these tools to support you in your goals:
- For Me Wellness Tracker for activity, sleep, hydration and reflection.
- For Me Meal Planner plan your meals, grocery list and food log.
Would you Rather BFFL Workout
It’s your choice, pick a move from each pair in the Would you Rather Workout and click the link for a video demonstrating each exercise.
Active At Home Summer Calendars
Keep moving through the summer with daily easy to follow activity ideas. Download the calendars and click the activity names for links to their videos and resources. Be sure to click the links in the margins for more fun activities and resources.
Active At Home for Kids
Active At Home for Teens & Adults
Practical Tips to Implement Physical Activity at Home – Ever Active Schools
These tipsheets can be downloaded for free. Learn about how to develop physical literacy skills, how to effectively engage in physical activity when you’re short on equipment, and how to ensure everyone participating has fun and finds success. This resource was developed for anyone who might be leading a physical activity: parents, teachers, after-school programs, student leaders, and anyone in between!