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Our goal at Focused Fitness is to provide resources and programs to help ALL students stay healthy, fit, and active for a lifetime. Our goal cannot be attained without teachers, schools, districts, and states buying into Quality Physical Education (#QPE). #QPE consists of 4 components: 1-Fitness, 2-Motor Skills, 3-Social/Emotional Health, and 4-Fitness and Health Academic Content.

We are a company that was built by teachers, for teachers. We know that money is ALWAYS an issue in #physed. So, below are 4 FREE instant activities because we love and appreciate all you do for kids! We love feedback, so feel free to contact us at (smile@focusedfitness.org). Have fun!

Rock, Paper, Scissors Gold Medal:

          Objective: Cardiorespiratory endurance, problem-solving, and cooperation

            Equipment: None

Game Set-up: The gym will be divided into three sections using the lines on the floor. One end of the gym will be the beginning area considered Bronze Medal, half court will be considered Silver Medal and the other end of the gym will be Gold Medal.

How to Play: The students will find a partner to start the game at the Bronze Medal area of the gym. Once a student wins the round at Bronze Medal they will move to the middle of the gym to play someone in the Silver Medal area. From Silver Medal area students will move either to the Gold Medal area if they win or return to the Bronze Medal area if they lose. If they win in the Silver Medal area, the student will move to the Gold Medal area and play someone in the Gold Medal round.  If the student wins in the Gold Medal area, they won a gold medal and remain to play someone else that makes it to the Gold Medal area. If the student loses in the Gold Medal area, that student will return to the Silver Medal area to play another student in that area.  Play continues for a designated amount of time.

Push Up Tag

          Objective: Muscular Strength and Muscular Endurance

            Equipment: None

How to Play: Students partner up and get into a push up position, facing each other. One person is “it.” The player who is “it” tries to tag the other student’s hands. Once tagged, the roles are reversed.

Toss and Jog

          Objective: Cardiorespiratory Endurance, motor skills

            Equipment: foam footballs or small foam balls

Directions: Students jog the perimeter of the gym or designated space. Meanwhile 2-3 students are in the center of the gym, each with a football. Students in the center toss the footballs to people jogging on the outside. Students who catch the footballs switch places with students in the middle and now toss the balls to someone else.

Variations: Use lateral passes, two handed lateral passes, small foam balls or any ball of teacher’s choice.

Hit the Deck

          Objective: Cardiorespiratory Endurance, motor skills

            Equipment: Decks of playing cards, cones, station cards

Directions: Each wall in the gym represents a different suit in a deck of playing cards. Each suit represents a different exercise. The teacher needs to create station cards for each wall. For example: Heart= Jumping Jacks, Spade= Squats, Diamond= Crab Toe Touches, Club= Squat Thrusts. Spread the cards out face down in the center of the gym. Students run one lap around the gym then go to the middle and pick a card. Then they go the wall that represents their suit. The card number represents how many repetitions they do of that exercise. For example: If a student draws a 4 of hearts, they do 4 jumping jacks. Face cards are worth 10.

Imaginary Rope Jumping:

Objective: Creativity, cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength and muscular endurance, coordination, and agility

            Equipment: Music

How to Play: Holding an imaginary jump rope, all students stand in their own exercise spot, evenly spread out through the gym. Start the music and begin jumping.  Use your imagination and create crazy ways to jump or the teacher can lead the routine for younger students. The idea is that you can’t mess up so you just keep jumping for 30 seconds, 1 minute or longer intervals.

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How to Keep Kids Active During the School Year

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By: David Reeves

During the summer, it can be impossible to get the kids in the house even to eat dinner. The school year changes all that, as temperatures may drop, and youngsters must replace hide-and-seek with homework. Studies have shown that nearly three-fourths of all children don’t get sufficient exercise once classes begin. Most schools only have a brief half-hour recess around lunchtime, and physical education classes can be a challenge for students who are shy or are not athletically inclined. It’s important for parents and teachers to encourage students to exercise and play often. Here are a few tips on how to make physical activities fun for kids after the first school bell rings.

Benefits of year-round exercise

  • Kids can burn off excess energy after playing sports or games outside, making them more likely to stay attentive during homework and in class.
  • It can ward off Type 2 diabetes. Now considered an epidemic among American children, this condition often results from a sedentary lifestyle.
  • Physical activity fosters healthy bone and muscle development in growing children.

After-school activities are a great way to help young boys and girls stay active once classes are in session. Whether you’re raising a mini Tom Brady or the next Neil deGrasse Tyson, there’s probably an extracurricular club or local class to suit your child’s talents and interests.

Ballet, gymnastics and karate classes are great ways to motivate kids to get off the couch. These activities not only promote physical wellness; they also encourage social development and hone coordination and balance. Check out interactive storytelling and plays at nearby theaters or libraries. These alternatives are great for expressive students who may struggle with sports.

Parents can get on board by coaching Little League games or volunteering at arts and crafts sessions.

What if my child is shy?

Some children are daunted by the prospect of joining a sports team, or even attending a class with their peers. Middle school and high school students especially struggle with this, as classmates may break into cliques and alienate one another to gain popularity. Talk to your kids to get a feel for how comfortable they are in a social setting before enrolling them in extracurricular programs. At-home projects and games usually keep quiet kids entertained without causing social anxiety.

Video games no longer require players to stay fixed in front of the television; with advanced systems that include the Wii and Xbox Kinect, more reserved youths can spend their evenings cutting a rug in the dynamic “Dance Dance Revolution” series, or simulating soccer in “Kinect Sports.” Scientific research ranks more physical video games among viable alternatives to outdoor recreation.

A wide variety of game titles means that even pre-teens and teens can find something they like. The best part is that you can play along and make it an interactive evening for the whole family.

Parents who are reluctant to try virtual entertainment as an option may want to organize outdoor play dates with friends, or create their own at-home adventures, such as a basement treasure hunt, or a backyard obstacle course. If you live in a bigger city, try an old standby, sidewalk hopscotch.

The school year may limit opportunities for outdoor recreation, but it doesn’t have to limit your child’s physical activity. Remember, if you commit to just an hour of exercise or more of active playtime each day, you can prevent health problems for a lifetime.

About the author:

David Reeves is the Marketing Director at Superior Grounds For Play. A community coach for 10 years, he knows the benefits of team sports and staying active. GFP play environments are designed to challenge children both mentally and physically to encourage development and independent play.

Nickelodeon’s 11th annual #WorldwideDayOfPlay

Nickelodeon’s 11th annual Worldwide Day of Play is this Saturday the 20th of September. From 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM Nickelodeon will go completely offline. Their website, TV channels, and apps will go offline to encourage kids to play! In a day and age when playing outside seems to take the backseat to watching a screen, this is a great event to celebrate! We would love to see what you are doing this weekend to stay active, and simply ‘play.’ Send us your pictures and stories to Smile@focusedfitness.org or tweet them to us @FocusedFitness2. Make sure to use the official Worldwide Day of Play hash-tag #WorldwideDayOfPlay. To read more about Saturday’s event Click Here. To visit the official Worldwide Day of Play website Click Here.

 

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“Regular physical activity reduces the risk of many adverse health outcomes and helps control the percentage of body fat in children and adolescents.”

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