MAY GYM SHORTS
Isn’t spring great! The snow has disappeared and gym classes are heading outside! Soccer, touch-football, and softball are all in the schedule for May and June. The Earl Grey Running Club will begin on Thursday, May 4th for students in gr’s 4-8; a great opportunity to increase fitness, enjoy the outdoors, and make new friends. In addition, the gr. 4-6 students have the bonus of being able to compete in the annual Fit Run to be held June 6th a.m. at Assiniboine Park.
Because of all the exciting opportunities that occur in May and June it means our lunch-time intramural program has ended. These lunch time slots are replaced by Running Club practices and track and field competitions; students should check the gym bulletin board for practice or competition times.
The grade 5-8 Mini-Olympics officially kick off on May 12th with the opening ceremonies. A variety of events and activities will occur during the following weeks including the Olympics themselves on May 18th and culminate with the closing ceremonies on Friday, May 19th. Students who excel during the schools Mini-Olympics may be invited to attend the divisional track meet on May 25th, and 29th at the University of Manitoba.
I would like to remind students and parents that although spring is a great time to start wearing sandals and flip-flops, it is extremely important to have good running shoes for gym classes. Good shoes increase participation and help prevent many injuries.
Tips for the Month of May:
- Quality physical education programs have been shown to: enhance learning readiness, improve academic performance, enrich self-esteem, deter antisocial behavior, restrain drug and alcohol abuse, and reduce absenteeism.
- Schools that offer quality physical education programs – even when time is taken from the academic day – post positive effects on academic achievement, including increased concentration, improved scores in mathematics, reading and writing, and reduced disruptive behaviors.
- School programs are more important for increasing children’s energy expenditure because children are less likely to participate in physical activity in the absence of adult supervision.
- Children who are physically active during the day in school are much more likely to be physically active after school as well.
- Children need at least 60 minutes and up to several hours of activity daily. It can be accumulated in many short (15 minutes minimum), intermittent bouts of activity and need not be done as continuous exercise.
- Physical activity has substantial health benefits for children and adolescents, including favorable effects on endurance capacity, muscular strength, body weight, and blood pressure.
- Positive experiences with physical activity at a young age help lay the basis for being regularly active throughout life.
- Exercise has been shown to reduce anxiety and depression and raise self-esteem. Removing such emotional barriers may help children focus more in the classroom.
- Very young children also may learn partly through movement. Physical activity helps them learn about various spatial or temporal relationships.
APRIL GYM SHORTS
Spring means the snow has disappeared and gym classes get to head outside. Ultimate frisbee, soccer, touch football, and softball are all great outdoor games that we will learn about. In the sports department, grade 5-8 track and field and the elementary running club are beginning soon. The start of the running club means our intramurals will have come to an end.
Students in grades four through eight may join the Earl Grey Running Club which meets during the lunch hour on scheduled days. The grade 4-6 students also have the opportunity to participate in the divisions Fit Run to be held at Assiniboine Park on June 6th. More information about the Running Club will be coming soon!
Fun Fitness Facts about Exercise
- There is only one type of exercisethat requires you hold your breath in order to accomplish the exercise. What is it? It’s swimming underwater.
- If you had every single muscle in your body work together at the same time, you could lift about 50,000 pounds.
- The best way to judge whether or not you are exercising at too high of an intensity is to see whether or not you can carry on a conversation. If you can’t, you may want to back off of the intensity just a little until you can.
- Dancing is a terrific and fun form of exercise that can improve cardiovascular fitness just like any other more formaltype of exercise.
- If you’re always in a bad mood, then getting fit just may help. Regular exercise can enhance mood and overall well-being.
- In spite of what you may have read, there is no “best time to exercise.” It turns out that the best time to exercise is when it works for you.
- Being dehydrated reduces exercise performance. Make sure you hydrate for peak performance during a workout.
- People who cross-train with a variety of exercise are more fit and less injury-prone than those who exercise using only one or two exercises.