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Physical Activity (Grades 5-8)

Today we’re going to talk about physical activity with SNAP-Ed Senior Nutritionist, Wanda! By the end of this video, you will be able to identify the short-term benefits of being active, tell the difference between moderate-to-vigorous, muscle-strengthening, and bone-strengthening types of activity, and identify four body cues that take place while doing the moderate-to-vigorous activity.

Get ready to learn about physical activity, and try some fun exercises at the same time!

There are so many benefits to physical activity. Physical activity can help you sleep better, maintain a healthy weight, increase your strength and endurance, help decrease your stress levels, improve your attitude and increase your energy levels, not to mention the added benefits of a toned body increases your self-esteem and
self-confidence, as well as helping you feel less anxious.

There are different types of activities, and a variety is best. You should do moderate-to-vigorous activities every day for at least 60 minutes. Moderate activities include raking leaves, going for brisk walks, or skateboarding. Vigorous activities include swimming, playing soccer, and dancing.

At least three days a week should include vigorous-intensity activities, which will help your heart and lungs stay strong. Some examples are running, playing basketball, biking, and gymnastics.

Your routine should also include muscle and bone strengthening exercises. These activities cause you to push or pull, and make your muscles stronger. Working our hearts, lungs, muscles, and bones gives us a healthy body.

By doing certain activities, you are helping more than one system in your body at a time. An example would be if you play tennis, you are not only doing vigorous activity, but you are strengthening your bones at the same time.

How do I know if I’m doing a moderate to vigorous activity?

Let’s look at what happens to your body when you are at a moderate to vigorous activity point. Think about the number four.

There are four body cues to determine if you are doing moderate to vigorous physical activity.

  • The first is your heart is going to beat faster. Finding your pulse is one way you can feel your heart beating.
  • The next body cue that you will notice is you will breathe a little harder.
  • The third cue is that you’re gonna sweat a little bit.
  • The fourth body cue is your face will feel warmer. 

All of these body cues help you know that you are doing the best for your body. There are so many more activities out there that you can enjoy, so whether you’re indoors or outdoors, get your 60 minutes!

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