Why Movement is Essential for Good Health | Sanford Fit

Lesson

Why Movement is Essential for Good Health

Let's help kids make healthy choices by teaching them about the benefits of movement.

Objectives

  • Describe "move" as physical activity throughout the day.
  • Recognize that moving benefits your body and brain.

Info to Know

Too often, physical activity is presented as exercise, exercise, and more exercise. Exercise is great; however, there are many ways to get the benefits of exercise and have fun at the same time! The lessons in this unit encourage kids to play, participate in a game or sport, and do leisure activities such as going for a walk for their physical activity. They will think about ways they can choose to move many times, many ways, and in many places each day. It all adds up—what's most important is that youth get the recommended hour or more of physical activity throughout the day. For more ideas on fun ways to add movement to your day, read 8 Sneaky Ways to Keep Kids Moving.

Set The Stage

Ask the kids to stand up and run in place or sit an move their legs or arms up and down for 15 seconds. Then, have them tell a partner how their body feels. Can they hear their heart pounding? Are their bodies feeling warmer or colder? Let’s talk about movement!

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Captivate

Compare Animal Movements to Kids' Movements

Talk about different ways that various animals move. Ask students to compare their physical activity to each animal’s movement.

Educate

Learn About the Benefits of Movement

Highlight the benefits of being active:

  • Movement boosts energy.
  • Movement strengthens muscles and bones.
  • Movement stimulates brain activity.

Check for understanding: What does moving your body do for you?

Activate

Games to Play at Recess

Make moving fun! Play a game of Follow the Leader with animal movements.

Close the Lesson

Now that we’ve learned about how movement can help our bodies and brains, let’s get ready to think about making healthy physical activity choices.

Grade: K-2

Time: 20 Minutes

What You'll Need

Resources

Materials
  • Slideshow

Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Core Concepts–Express feelings in a healthy way.
  • Standard 4: Interpersonal Communication 
  • Standard 5: Decision-Making

 

Social and Emotional Learning Competencies

  • Responsible Decision-Making

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