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5 Of The Best Resources For National Fitness Day

Get kids moving on Wednesday 27 September and put them on a healthy and active path for life

  • 5 Of The Best Resources For National Fitness Day

Fitness is something that many of us have taken for granted until it’s too late (OK, it’s never too late, but we all wish we’d done something sooner).

My own personal effort to stay in shape has come through CrossFit. As luck would happen we had one open a couple of buildings over from our office here at Teachwire, so I tried it out, it seems to have stuck, and I’ve been making slow, gradual progress over the past year.

Just this afternoon as I popped in on my lunch break it seems that we had a thoroughly impressive guest. This lady:

This is Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir, a 24-year-old Icelandic athlete who won the CrossFit Games back to back in 2015 and 2016.

Now, not everyone is aiming as high as being crowned the fittest woman on Earth, but Katrín and athletes like her in all kinds of sports and athletic endeavours show what’s possibly when you love what you do.

But as we all know too well from statistics regarding our nation’s youth, when sport and activity becomes something a child loathes or fears, and balanced, nutritional diet isn’t a priority, their physical and mental health can suffer. And that only makes it harder to break the cycle of inactivity as they get older.

So, next week being National Fitness Day, it’s a great opportunity to show that health and fitness can be fun, that it doesn’t have to be competitive, and that it can be implemented into activities throughout the day.

Here are some excellent resources that can help you to do just that.

1. Active Schools Programme

This new digital educational platform from imoves and ukactive has been launched as part of the #10TEN10 campaign which aims to get 2,500,000 young people active on National Fitness Day.

The #10TEN10 campaign is an effort to inspire 10,000 primary schools to get physically active for 10 minutes at 10am.

Participants are encouraged to visit 10ten10.co.uk/#sign-up, where you’ll find an innovative resource platform featuring materials developed from the imoves Active Schools content library, giving you everything you need for National Fitness Day.

2. Activity finder

There are more than 20,000 free events going on up and down the country on National Fitness Day, so there’s sure to be some near you.

Enter your postcode into the activity finder on the official website and find out what’s happening, when and where.

3. This Girl Can

This website was set up by Sport England with National Lottery funding, and it is “a celebration of active women who are doing their thing no matter how well they do it, how they look or even how red their face gets”. The aim is to help women and girls overcome the fear of judgement that is stopping too many from joining in, and the site features a range of activities and ideas that hopefully inspire them to take up one of the many sports on offer.

There are links to everything from climbing to roller derby, angling to archery and basketball to mountaineering.

It’s a great place to start for those who may be put off from the usual popular sports, or it might give you a few ideas to mix things up in your PE lessons.

Head to thisgirlcan.co.uk and see what’s in store.

4. Self esteem

Of course, for many students the idea of looking bad at a particular sport or activity, or things like body issues and low confidence, can be a major hurdle to overcome.

This workshop from the Dove Self-Esteem Project includes a guide for teachers, activity sheet and student presentation to help you tackle lack of body confidence amongst your students.

Plus, you can always show them what Katrín thinks about all that:

Click here to download all three PDFs.

5. Life on the Street: A Physical Challenge

This Sport Relief 2016 resource is a great PSHE lesson and PE lesson all in one. It follows the story of Russell, a 13-year-old who lives on the streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He works seven hours a day searching through litter to find plastic bottles and pieces of metal to sell so that he can buy food to survive, he sleeps on rooftops and in doorways and often faces violence, illness and injury.

This lesson aims to get students to empathise with young people who have to live on the street and need to work to survive by making them more aware of the physical challenges faced, and the effects of this on the body.

So they can get a little taste of Russell’s life with an obstacle course than mirrors some of his 8km daily walk to fill his sack with plastic and metals, with elements of manual dexterity, bending, climbing, scrambling and carrying (his bag will of course get heavier the further he walks and the more he collects).

It also includes a dance activity and ideas for fundraising.

Download the PDF here.

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