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     To all my students at Memorial School,

               I miss having all of you in physical education class!  Try and stay active even while we are not at school.  Here are some challenges and videos that will help to increase your heart rate and get your body moving.  I will be doing these exercises as well.  Keep up the hard work! 


                       Please check with an adult before performing any of these challenges.




 Friday, April 3rd Challenge:


               Can you complete any 3 of these Mindfulness activities?  Like anything else, this will take practice.  I am confident that you will get the hang of it though!  Completing these activities will help to calm the body and decrease stress levels.  Basically it will help you feel even better than you already do!  Put on some music that you enjoy listening to as well while doing this.  I hope that all of you taking part in these daily challenges enjoys your Spring Break!  Have fun!  To see these Mindfulness activities, click on the image below!







 Thursday, April 2nd Challenge:


               Dancing is a great way to instantly feel better and improve the condition of your heart and lungs.  Give this one a try for today by clicking on the picture below!  







Wednesday, April 1st Challenge:


               Physical Education BINGO!  Can you complete 5 challenges in order to get B-I-N-G-O?  When you complete a challenge, you get that square.  In order to get B-I-N-G-O, you will need to get 5 squares in a row.  This can be done horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.  These are all activities that you will be able to do in your house or backyard.  Stay safe and have fun!  Click on the image below to see it larger! 







Tuesday, March 31th Challenge:


               March Madness Sock Basketball – This challenge requires you to hold yourself up in the push-up starting position.  Using socks that are rolled up and turned into basketballs, how many baskets can you make out of 10 shots?  You choose the level of difficulty.  If you want more of a challenge, select a smaller target, go back further, or use your non-dominant hand to shoot with.  If you want to make it easier, move up closer or choose a larger target.  Click on the picture below to see me demonstrating this challenge! 







Monday, March 30th Challenge:


               Try to spell your name by performing an exercise for each letter of your name.  You can do each exercise for either 10 seconds or perform it 10 times (whichever you prefer).  As an additional challenge, if you have any sight/vocabulary words that were assigned by your teacher, see if you can spell out the challenging words by doing these exercises.  It should help to reinforce the spelling of those difficult words in addition to giving you a great workout!  Click on the video link below to an animation of how to perform each exercise. 






               Here is another option for today – this one is on Mindfulness and I found it to be quite calming.  This video shows 5 techniques (some of which we have tried in Movement class) that can be beneficial and help to set the mind at ease.        







Friday, March 27th Challenge:


               Keeping track of your progress is a great way to stay motivated and see that your hard work leads to results.  I have started to keep track on my progress with performing the plank hold.  Is there something that you could track your progress in for at least a week?  Maybe it could be push-ups, basketball shots you make, or consecutive times you jump rope. Your competition here is going to be yourself!   







Thursday, March 26th Challenge:


               Today is going to be 60 degrees and sunny!  The sun helps our bodies get a boost of vitamin D - which helps in bone development, strengthens our immune system, and even can improve our mood!  So for your challenge today – get outside and get your body moving!  I have 3 activities picked out already that I would like to do – walking, biking, and skateboarding.  Have fun!! 







Wednesday, March 25th Challenge:


               This workout is fun and exhausting!  Give it a try by clicking on the picture below!








Tuesday, March 24th Challenge:


               Here is a 2 minute circuit training workout that you can do with just 2 water bottles at home.  There are 6 exercises that you will perform.  Do each exercise for 20 seconds.  I will call them out as we go.  Click on the picture below to do this workout with me!







Monday, March 23rd Challenge:


               This is a fun activity that I saw posted on youtube.  It definitely gets your heart rate going and gives you some great exercise.  All you need to try this is a book, a plastic bag, and 2 crumpled up pieces of paper.  Here is a picture of me getting some exercise this morning while giving it a try.  Click on the picture below to see a video of a teacher explaining how to do this.      





Quote of the Day:


               “Never believe that you are better than anyone else, but remember that you are just as good as everybody else.”  







               The YMCA is now offering free online classes designed to get people of all ages and abilities exercising.  There are some great options on here - choose whatever challenge you are interested in!  Click on the picture below to take a free online class now!








Friday, March 20th Challenge:





 Breathing Exercise


               After you finish your exercise challenge, see if you can try this breathing exercise designed to calm your mind and body.  See if you can match the pacing that the fish breathes in and out with.  Click on the picture to try this breathing exercise! 







 Thursday, March 19th Challenge:


               How long can you perform the plank hold?  I am going to work out along side you in the video.  See how close you can get to making 1 minute.  Or set a personal record for yourself and go back to try and beat it!  Click on the picture below to try this plank challenge with me!







Wednesday, March 18th Challenge:


               Put on your favorite song and see if you can choose different exercises to do the whole time it is on.  Some examples would be push-ups, squats, jumping jacks, mountain climbers, or squats.  The challenge is to just keep your body moving until the song is over.  If you still have energy at the conclusion of the song, take a break and then try it again with another song.  





Tuesday, March 17th Challenge:  


               Try and perform the dance to the song, "Best Day of My Life."  This did not come easy for me when I tried it.  Click on the picture to give this a try!







Monday, March 16th Challenge:  


               Can you choose any 3 exercises or activities to do that will increase your heart rate and get that fresh, oxygenated blood flowing throughout your body?