With a HUGE thanks to Target and Donors Choose, I received 35 brand new yoga mats, a storage cart and cartons of disinfecting wipes to use with my classes! Yoga is a great way to teach kids about their body and how to relax. In a few weeks, we are going to do a few yoga classes, but until then, here are some yoga poses for kids to try!
Calorie burning cardio exercises!
Many people wonder how many calories exercises actually burn, especially cardio exercises. Cardio exercises are great for your entire body. The amount of calories a person burns during exercise depends greatly on their weight.
For people who have an iPad, iPod or iPhone, Apple has a GREAT app that I use with some of my classes to teach them about burning calories. The app lets you pick a type of food and it tells you the calories in that food. It then has you select any type of activity and tells you how long you would have to do that activity to burn the amount of calories that were in the food you selected.
Here’s an example:
For more information on the app: Eat & Move-O-Matic
Physical Activity Ideas
Some people have activities that they LOVE to do all the time and never get bored of them…but some people need new ideas to help to keep them motivated to move their bodies! This poster below is a GREAT resource for ideas that everyone can do to add a little move physical activity to their lives!
Workout with Movies!
Why not workout while you’re watching a movie?! Here are some workouts that I’ve found from some popular movies that could be done at home with a small or big group of people!
- Everytime Hades blows up: 20 crunches
- Everytime Pegasus flies: 20 jumping jacks
- Everytime Hercules saves Meg: 20 squats
- Everytime they refer to Zeus or lightening: 10 lunges (each leg)
- Everytime Pain or Panic is in a scene: 40 punches (20 for each arm)
- Everytime you hear the word “King”: 10 jumping jacks
- Everytime Simba roars: 10 bicycle jumps
- Everytime you hear “Hakuna Matata”: 10 crunches
- Everytime Rafiki is in a scene: 10 push ups (regular or modified)
- Everytime a hyena laughs: 10 squats
- Everytime Scar says Simba: 10 laying down leg lifts
- Everytime they break into song: march in place and sing along
- Everytime you see Abu: 10 punches (5 for each arm)
- During the song “One Jump Ahead”: jump rope (move your arms and jump up and down)
- Everytime the Cave of Wonders opens: 25 jumping jacks
- Everytime someone rubs the lamp: 15 squats
- Everytime the Genie does an impersonation: 5 push-ups (regular or modified)
- During the song “Friend like me”: dance around
- Everytime you see the Sultan hypnotized: 5 burpees
- During the song “A Whole New World”: Alternating lunges
- Everytime Rapunzel’s hair grows: 10 burpees
- Everytime Pascal changes color: 5 push-ups (regular or modified)
- Everytime anyone sings: run in place
- Everytime Flynn sees his wanted poster: 10 tricep dips
- Everytime someone is hit by the frying pan: 10 squats
- Everytime the King and Queen don’t speak: mountain climbers
- Everytime Maximus doesn’t act like a horse: 10 jumping jacks
- Everytime someone wishes on a star: 5 push-ups (regular or modified)
- Everytime Dr. Vacillier talks to/about his friends on the other side: 10 donkey kicks
- Evertime any transformation occurs: 15 squats
- Everytime someone kisses a frog: 10 burpees
- Everytime jazz music plays: high knees
- Everytime Charlotte is excited: 10 lunges (each leg)
- Everytime Ray talks about Evangeline: 10 jumping jacks
- Everytime Tia talks about her restaurant: mountain climbers
This activity pyramid helps kids get an idea of what they could do to keep their body active and what they should try to spend less time doing. It’s a great resource to help kids think about exercises they could do, even with friends! Starting from the bottom, the activities range from things you should do everyday, things you could do 3-5 times a week, things you could do 2-3 times a week, and the top lists examples of things that are “OK” to do sometimes…as long as you cut down on the time you do them! Students (and even parents!) should work on being active for AT LEAST one hour a day, that’s only 60 minutes!
Physical Activity and Good Grades!
Studies and research has shown that students who are physically active for at least 60 minutes or more every day receive better grades in school. Physical activity not only helps the body get strong and healthy, but it also helps people boost their moods in a positive way. Personally, I wake up every morning to get a workout in before the school day starts because it puts me in a happier mood! What are some of your favorite ways to stay physically active?!