Rotate through station activities to practice making choices that are mentally and emotionally healthy.
fit choices power your body and your brain!
Say: Let’s pretend to be astronauts! Your rocket ship is ready! Before blastoff, you must prepare to be fit while in space. (Actions are noted by text in all capital letters.)
First, let’s talk about mood. Your feelings put you in a mood, and your mood influences your choices. Your mood is your motivation. Sometimes you are motivated to make a healthy choice and other times you are not motivated. If you find yourself feeling unmotivated, understand that your mood can change. You can choose to motivate your mood by getting active. Let's start our journey with a star jump and positive self-talk. DO A STAR JUMP OR WAVE YOUR HANDS IN THE AIR WHILE CHANTING “I CAN DO THIS.”
Let’s gather food to eat while on board the rocket ship. MOVE IN PLACE. We will choose nutritious foods for energy to power our brains! Let’s dig for some sweet potatoes and carrots. MOVE ARMS AS IF DIGGING SWEET POTATOES AND CARROTS. Add the vegetables to your basket.
Now, let’s get some fruit! We will walk to the fruit area. MOVE IN PLACE. Watch out for the fruit vines! MOVE FRONT AND BACK, AND SIDE TO SIDE to go around the vines. Now, GET LOW AND REACH YOUR ARMS OUT to pick blackberries and strawberries and add them to your basket.
Next, we will move to stay strong and spark brain activity. Let’s practice exercises to do while exploring the planets. Do a fitBoost: Select a Warm Up, a Move, and a Cool Down card, then complete the moves. Follow-up with a drink of water to hydrate your body! BEND OVER AS IF DRINKING FROM A WATER FOUNTAIN.
It's time to make a plan to recharge our energy while in space. PRETEND YOU ARE SLEEPING. Getting enough sleep—9 to12 hours every night—sets up our brains to store all our fantastic space memories! Another way to recharge is to relax—without a screen. So let’s practice a relaxing breathing exercise. TAKE A DEEP BREATH IN THROUGH YOUR NOSE AS IF YOU ARE SMELLING FLOWERS, THEN EXHALE THROUGH YOUR MOUTH AS IF BLOWING UP A BALLOON. Repeat 4 times.
Congratulations, astronauts! You are ready for your journey. You have made great recharge, mood, food, and move choices for the brainpower you need in outer space.
The number one thing you need to know is that fit choices give you brain power!
Today, we will practice making fit choices to power our bodies and brains—both on Earth and in space!
Name a recharge, mood, food, or move choice. How will it power your brain?