Post courtesy of our Fitness Instructor, Michelle Olowolafe.
When doing a quick dictionary search for the word fit you can find several meanings. As an adjective it is best described as a suitable quality, standard or type to meet the required purpose. As it relates to our definition we want to know...are you physically fit?
One person's idea of being physically fit can be different from another person's. It's recommended that a person gets at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day. This amount does not have necessarily have to be done all at once to reap the benefits. It is best to take the time to workout but if you are hard pressed to get a full hour in, you can break it up in increments. For example, go for a 30 minute walk at lunch time and then play basketball with friends after school for 30 minutes.
Are you able to perform daily tasks without getting tired, sore or out of breath? This is a good way to determine if you are physically fit. If you find yourself having to catch your breath after running to get to class before the bell rings or after climbing a few flights of stairs, you may want to focus on doing a type exercise that mimicks these tasks. The main focus of an exercise like this is that is challenges the most important muscle in your body ...the heart.
Michelle Obama started an initiative called Let's Move in which she states; "Physical activity is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle. In combination with healthy eating, it can help prevent a range of chronic diseases, including heart disease, cancer, and stroke, which are the three leading causes of death. Physical activity helps control weight, builds lean muscle, reduces fat, promotes strong bone, muscle and joint development, and decreases the risk of obesity."
Our Sports & Fitness at Xploration for Ages 10-13 offers courses in Golf, Tennis, Yoga, Fitness and Sports. You can combine that with a mixture of Science and Tecnology, the Arts, Music, Cooking, Photography, Fashion and More.
We also have Sports & Fitness at Enrichment for Ages 14-17. Take courses like Golf, Yoga, GetFit and Sports while mixing them with Science and Technology, Business and Leadership and the Arts. You can also take classes in Computers, Engineering and Robotics, SAT Test Prep, Community Service, Music, Fashion, Cooking, Film Production & Video.