[0:02] In today's podcast, I want to give you some ideas for activities you could do with your high school students during a pandemic time where we're trying to limit the use of equipment.
[0:30] Every school year, as physical education teachers, we always try to come up with ideas and plans to put in place to make sure our students are active, engaged and can take things away from our class that they can use. throughout their future, whether at home when they enter college, the military or the workforce, we try to encourage them to be active. During this period of pandemic increasingly widespread, knowing that at any moment we could send our students home for the day or for a week or two weeks, or for the remainder of the school year.
[1:02] So we have to make sure that the activities we plan in our lessons that we offer, we teach our children to be active at home and really without equipment. So for us in our physical education classes we tried a lot of different things. We encourage our children to take sport walking. We are talking about, you know how to do fitness, walk what we expect to see and why we are fitness walking and how to take your pulse and check whether or not you are getting your heart rate in that active zone where you are going to see some advantages. We explained to them how you can walk with a friend while wearing a mask. You can go for a fitness walk with your family at home, making it a family exercise activity to encourage home activity for everyone. I think this is one of those things where fitness walking is the easiest thing you can do because you can do it anywhere. You could do this in the halls of your school. You could go out and do it. Whatever works for you, our mission is to get our students out as often as possible.
[1:54] Another suggestion I have for you is to think about adventure activities. Geocaching is very popular. If you have the ability to geocach, you can use a tool on your cell phone. You could, you know, you could get geocache devices to do this with your students locally. You can set up geocaches in your school district and teach them how to do it and explore this avenue.
[2:19] I live in a very rural area, so other activities that we can do outside that encourage our students to be active is that we have actually started an archery unit. Our students are great hunters. They love to hunt with archery, and now they have the opportunity to learn this skill in our classes. So this is one of those things where it's a few unique or different activities that you might want to try.
[2:39] Maybe you also want to try making fitness videos with your students. You know where you are taking them in a yoga exercise or leading them in an extended stretching routine or a Pilates class. Maybe you want to teach them how to use bodyweight just for a circuit and you know they could do it in their living room and jog around the house. So it's one of those things where you try to create workouts that they don't need equipment that they could do at home or that they could do here at a school. That you can, you know, put on a live video and say, "Hey, today I'm going to do this workout, join me and it doesn't require any equipment."
[3:12] But we have to be creative. We need to realize that the less equipment we use, the safer it will be for our students. So I strongly encourage you to explore some ideas. There are many great resources out there for finding activities that don't require equipment but still keep our students active and that's what we really, really hope we can do. So again, stay well, be active and encourage, and be a leader.
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