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Workin’ It Out

Staying active is an important part of your overall health. Find out the best ways to keep your family active and having fun!

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Materials

  • Space to move around (outside or inside)
  • Timer
  • Pencil and paper

Directions

  1. Talk about some favorite activities and decide what type of activity they are (aerobic, strength, flexibility). Which is the most fun? How hard is it? How often do you do it?
  2. Come up with three new activities that everyone would like to try. If possible, come up with one activity in each category. Decide how to judge each activity based on the following.
    1. Difficulty – Try talking and singing while you’re doing the activity and see if you run out of breath. Create a scale to compare the activities.
    2. Likeability – Create a scale to compare the activities.

POINTER: Use this activity as an opportunity to talk about bias. Has there ever been a time when you’ve made a decision based on opinion and not facts? When is that ok? When is it not ok? If it is not ok, how can you make sure that your decision is based on facts?

  1. Make predictions before trying out each activity. How hard do you think you will have to work? How much do you think you’ll like it?
  2. Test out each new activity. Do a few activities a day, over the course of a week. This will help your family stay active, and have the energy to try everything.
  3. Compare everyone’s data. Did you all like the same activities? Did everyone think the same activities were hard? Use this data to plan future activities for your family to do together!

Side Note:

Doctors recommend that girls ages 8-13 get 60 minutes of activity 5 days a week.  There are some great resources online to keep the family moving. http://www.letsmove.gov/make-physical-activity-part-your-familys-routine



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