In an effort to improve the cardiovascular fitness of our students and to promote a lifelong fitness activity, Southview Elementary School implemented a warm-up lap for all students during their recess time. During the first two weeks of school, all students practiced the lap during their physical education time. Lap length was varied depending on grade level. After the two-week practice period, the warm-up lap became a standard part of all outdoor recesses. By incorporating a mandatory cardiovascular component to outdoor recess, our goal is that all students improve their cardiovascular fitness and also learn a valuable lifelong fitness activity that is sure to benefit them for the rest of their lives. Additionally, brain research shows that fit students do better academically than less fit students. So, in addition to increasing students’ physical fitness, we also hope to increase their academic prowess.
How did students and adults work together as a team?
The clerks and PE teacher are outside monitoring the students as they walk, jog, or run one lap. Our Ambassadors and other Fuel Up to Play 60 kids hold the other students accountable.
What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?
The one challenge we face is some students try to skip the lap or shorten their run.
What improvements have you seen at your school?
The discipline problems at recess have decreased. The students seem to be more focused in class after recess.
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