Monday, December 19, 2011

Aerobics for Kids!

This year, I am implementing aerobics in my gym class. I plan on teaching students how to take their heart rate and calculate their BMI. I think it's imperative for kids to know just how important keeping active is. It's recommended that kids (and teens) get at least 20 minutes of good aerobic exercise 3 times a week. While searching online for some resources, I found many videos that I can use to show my students before they learn their own routine.

To begin this with  my student, I plan to start with the basics. I will define and explain what aerobics is and we will discuss the importance of living an active lifestyle.

The Many Benefits of Exercise

Everyone can benefit from regular exercise. Kids who are active will:

Taking Heart Rate

I found this on this great site

Your heart is a pump which pumps blood out around your body through your arteries. You can feel the blood pumping where the arteries are close to your skin. These are your pulse points, and if you feel gently with your fingertips you can count how fast your heart is beating.
The idea of aerobic (air-oh-bik) exercise is to get your heart pumping faster, which will exercise and strengthen your heart (see our topic Fitness).
Learn how to take your pulse, and you will be able to see how well you are doing in your aerobicexercises.

How to take your pulse

You can find your pulse in several places. Here are two of the easiest places to find it.
*To find your pulse in your neck
Put three fingers of your left hand onto your Adam's apple in your throat (that's the bit that sticks out and goes up and down when you swallow.)

Feel gently to the side of it, and you will find your pulse beating (you can feel it going up and down).
neck pulse

*To find your pulse in your wrist
Hold your hand in front of you.wrist pulse
Stick your thumb up in the air and turn the palm towards you.
With the first two fingers of your other hand, stroke from the top of your thumb down the side until your fingers reach your wrist.
Let your fingers slide downwards onto the inside of your wrist, and gently feel for your pulse.
When you have found a steady beat, count how many beats in 15 seconds (use a watch or clock with a second hand).
Times your score by 4, and that will tell you your pulse rate per minute.
To see how well you are exercising, you need to:

exercising*Take your pulse before you start - this is your 'starting pulse'.
*Take your pulse after you have been doing high level exercise. You should be aiming for over 150 beats a minute (if you are well). Aim to keep it at the higher rate for 15 minutes.
*Take your pulse when you have finished your cooling down exercises. It should be the same as, or a bit lower than your starting pulse.
To really improve your stamina and endurance, you should do 20-40 minutes of aerobic exercise at least three times a week.exercising

My hope is to create a 10-15 minute video of an aerobic routine with my students. 


Erika said...

You teach PE too?
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Casey Orr said...

I am a new follower! I love your blog design! I also think it is great that you are encouraging your kids to take their health seriously. Very important!

Mrs. Eimer said...

I stopped by to present you with the Liebster Award for up and coming blogs!

Drop by my blog for all the details.

Congratulations and happy blogging!

Yuvi said...

We have developed new programm to get kids active, specially when at home. It is fun, healthy and exciting. It is called Yuvi – Story Aerobics for Kids. The first episode can be seen on –

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