- Define MOVE as "physical activity."
- Recognize that moving benefits your body and brain.
- Describe different ways to MOVE.
View/print Common Core and Health Education Standards alignment.
Too often, physical activity is presented as exercise, exercise, and more exercise. Exercise is great, however, there are many ways to MOVE and get the benefits of exercise and have fun at the same time. What’s most important is that youth get the recommended hour or more of physical activity each day. So, play, participate in a game or sport, or even do a leisure activity like going for a walk. It all adds up! Make the fit choice to MOVE many times, many ways, each day.
MOVE Your Body! Do you get bored when you have to wait in line? Sneak in some moves. Do a wall push-up, stretch, touch your elbows to the opposite knee...just MOVE!
MOVE! What physical activities does your family do each day? Moving can be play, exercise, sports, or simply choosing to get up and walk rather than sit for a long period of time. Did you know that moving also benefits learning? When you move, you get your blood flowing, which in turn brings oxygen to your brain and helps you think!
Select each animal image to play a short video.
Ask students to compare their physical activity to each animal’s movement.
Highlight the benefits of MOVE:
Images show what a brain looks like after sitting and after moving for 20 minutes.* Red indicates brain activity.
*Reprinted with permission; Dr. C.H. Hillman, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Three options are given for fun recess games to get kids moving.
Check out Fun Recess Games for new versions of classic games to play during recess or after school.
Students decide which activities are fit MOVE choices.
Leisure activities like playing a game, gardening, playing the drums, and even chasing butterflies are all examples of fit MOVE choices because they involve physical activity.
MOVE does not have to be competitive or vigorous to be fit.
You can MOVE many different ways throughout the day. For example, everyday activities (walking, chores,etc.), games, and sports are all great ways to MOVE. Just get those feet moving!
Download the Session 2: Healthy Choices handout for students create “I Will” statements telling how they will add more physical activity to their day.
Watch the video "Choose to MOVE: How Exercise Helps Your Body and Brain" (1:00 min).
Ask students to watch and listen for examples of how they can get up and get moving!
Health experts recommend that kids get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Ten minutes here and there add up quickly!
List your students' top 10 MOVE choices or challenge your students to expand the top 10 list to 60 ways to MOVE 60 minutes.
Download the Session 3: My MOVE Timeline for students to create their own timeline of ways they will choose to MOVE throughout their day.
Watch the video showing many ways to make moving fun (2:30 min).
Invite students to dance along!
Highlight key points:
Students make a MOVE jar.
Ask students to stand up and show thumbs up for their preference:
Discuss the many choices kids have about how and when they can MOVE.
Need more ideas? Go to "12 Sneaky Exercises."
Wrap up the topic by asking students to join the dance video showing ways to have fun and move throughout the day. (2:30 min)
Students plan their weekend movement activities using the Session 5: My Weekend MOVE Timeline handout.
Encourage students to MOVE many times and many ways throughtout their weekend days!
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