little self-motivation and a focus on the mind/body benefits of exercise...independent study can be a healthy place to be.
The California Department of Education has PE content standards that guide what every California middle school student should be learning. The activities that home schoolers participate in should be aligned with these. They can be categorized into the following categories. Students should make sure to engage in these on a weekly, if not daily, basis.
Another set of standards focuses on maintaining a level of fitness to improve health and performance. Cardiovascular activities are a great way to do this. Taking daily walks and jogs get the heart beating. Youtube has thousands of fun work out videos that support the cardiovascular system through aerobics, kickboxing and dance. Have fun AND get a healthy heart!
Doctors recommend 20-30 minutes of strength training 2-3 times per week. This strength training does not mean you have to join a gym, bench press a 100 lb barbell and down 125 mg of protein. (Although it is not a bad idea.) Get a cheap set of resistance bands off Amazon. If that does not work, grab some canned food, bottled water, and your mom's heaviest frying pan. Even our bodies can be a source of resistance in strength training. Sit ups, push ups and planks are great activities for creating a strong core. Be creative and you can build those muscles too.
Sitting at a computer long hours can really tighten up those joints and muscles. Flexibility exercises are critical for an I.S. student. Take a brain break at the end of every Edgenuity lesson. Spend 5 minutes stretching. Touch those toes and try a hurdlers stretch or two. A stretching routine will not only bring blood to the muscles, but the brain too.
We are fortunate to work from home. Take advantage of this by using this time to get healthy. Focus on the 5 areas we discussed to create a healthy lifestyle. Make those 240 minutes a week count! Your body will thank you.
Week 1 Challenge: Choose one of the following things we discussed to add to your weekly work out routine: 1. Join a sports team 2. Do a minimum of 12 minutes of the Billy Blanks video included here. OR 3. Go for a hike. Once you complete the challenge, jump into the comments below and tell how this activity made you feel. Have fun!