Find Your Fit! is a provincial physical activity promotions/communications campaign designed to get individuals motivated and moving towards healthy, active living. The Find Your Fit! website is an excellent resource for physical activity throughout the lifespan.
Quote for the Day
“Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it” – Andy Rooney
Did You Know?
There is less oxygen as you go up towards the top of Mount Everest. Oxygen levels at the top are 30% less than at the bottom.
Find Your Fit Fact
You don’t have to do high amounts of activity or vigorous-intensity activity to reduce your risk of premature death. You can put yourself at lower risk of dying early by doing at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity.
Warm-up: Seven Summits
- No Equipment Required
Background Information: Explain to the students that “The Seven Summits” are the seven highest peaks on each of the seven continents. A big dream for many mountain climbers have is to climb all of the seven summits. For this warm-up the students will use the names of the seven summits they learn about this week from the geography lesson.
Instructions: Have the students line up along one end of the playing area, with on students standing in the middle of the playing area to be ‘it’. Each student will choose one of the seven summits, without telling anyone else. The student who is ‘it’ will randomly call out the names of the seven summits from the middle. When the tagger calls the mountain a student has chosen, that student must try to run to the other side without getting tagged. If they are tagged, they will also become the tagger. If a tagger calls out “seven summits” at any point, everyone must run to the other side without getting tagged.
Note: If the names of the seven summits are to challenging to remember you can use the seven continents instead.
Activity: Stay on the Trail
- Mats (2 per team)
- Ropes (skipping rope may work)
Set up: Lay the mats at opposite ends of the gym, as this will signify base camp (starting point) and the summit of Everest. Each team will also be given one scooter and one rope.
Background Information: When climbing on expeditions like Everest, students should understand how important it is to work cooperatively with their team members and to stay on the designated trail for safety. This activity will demonstrate these aspects, with working as a team and staying on the designated trail.
Instructions: Ideally in groups of four, each team will work together to get from base camp (staring point) to the summit of Everest (other end of the gym).
Two at a time, one student will pull the other on the scooter to the summit of Everest, while staying on the gym lines. Then they will switch role as the come back down the mountain. This will then be repeated for the next two-team members. If the team ‘falls’ of the trail they must start back where the puller began.