Let’s Get Physical!
This post is brought to you by Lauren Giles and the Fit Mamas Tribe. We are so thankful for the wonderful local companies that help support our Schools!
Wow! Am I showing my age with that song reference or what?! Although for the record, that song came out before I was born, so just keep your tight-rolled jeans on. It’s important to know the classics, kids.
Anyway, today we’re talking about all things physical fitness! Did you know that Island Prep offers a variety of physical activity opportunities for students? These activities range from Zumba, yoga, martial arts and Kinderfit, to impromptu dance parties and unstructured free play on the playgrounds. In addition, our primary school students participate in PE every day.
Why is PE important? Well, according to the Society of Health and Physical Educators, or SHAPE America, “Physical Education is an academic subject that provides a planned, sequential, K-12 standards-based program of curricula and instruction designed to develop motor skills, knowledge and behaviors for healthy, active living, physical fitness, sportsmanship, self-efficacy, and emotional intelligence.” But even with these clear benefits to students, PE is usually one of the first programs cut from schools with budget shortages.
Lauren Giles, an NASM certified personal trainer who specializes in pre and post-natal fitness (as well as a friend of mine and fellow Island Prep mama!) sees this every day in her line of work. “According to the CDC, 18.5% of children and adolescents aged 2-19 years old are affected by obesity – that is nearly 1/5 of children.”
Sports and physical activity in the schools play a critical role in not only helping children to stay active and healthy, but also help to teach discipline and respect of others and themselves.
We’re proud to say our Physical Education program is a far cry from the days of being beaned in the head with a dodge ball. Our PE educator focuses on balance, agility and coordinator, in addition to the more traditional athletics. Every parent who has watched their child fall down for absolutely no reason whatsoever (No? Just my child?) knows the value of developing these skills!
Lauren suggested, “We can help as parents by showing our children that exercise can be fun! Toddlers are especially observant and love to (try to) mimic what we do. They look up to us.” With that in mind, here are some ways to bring home the activities and keep the family moving!
- Draw hopscotch on your driveway with sidewalk chalk and take turns hoppin’.
- Go for a family walk. Turn this into an adventure with a simple scavenger hunt. (Find me a purple flower. Can you find a mushroom? Etc.)
- Dance party!
- Play ball! Depending on your child’s age, this can be simply rolling or bouncing a ball back and forth, all the way up to throwing a football.
- Get nostalgic with games like Duck, Duck, Goose! Or Red Light, Green Light.
A huge thank you again to Lauren and the FitMamas Tribe for sponsoring this post. I am a huge fan (and client) of hers and I am so happy to tell you more about FitMamas.
As a top trainer specializing in prenatal and postpartum fitness & wellness, Lauren meets the needs of moms, whether they are seasoned, a first time mom or expecting, through personal training and group fitness classes.
Fit Mamas Tribe was developed with the goal to empower women and bridge a community to uplift and support each other – both in and out of the gym. Driven by the daily opportunity to learn, educate, and connect with others, Lauren is able to resonate with clients on a personal level by applying her own experience to women’s perinatal journeys. She is certified through top programs tailored toward the most current and evidence based information for this population of women. With the Fit Mamas Tribe, you won’t feel alone in the journey of motherhood.
Class options include Bootcamp, Prenatal Yoga, Restorative Yoga, ‘Ballet Booty’ and Postpartum Recovery® Fitness.
Address: 303C Anastasia Blvd. Check out her website at www.fitmamastribe.com.
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