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Quote of the Day:
Physical fitness can neither be achieved by wishful thinking nor outright purchase. ~Joseph Pilates
Did You Know?
The Sherpas are an ethnic group from mostly the eastern mountainous part of Nepal. Many are employed by mountain expeditions as they do not suffer the effect of altitude and due to their genetics and upbringing. Many groups refer to their porters as Sherpas.
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Walking improves physical function. Research shows that walking improves fitness and physical function and prevents physical disability in older persons.
Warm-up: Prayer Flag Tag
- 5 different colored pinnes (blue, red, green, yellow, and white)enough for the whole class. If you do not have enough pinnies in five different colors for the class, you can use another item that you have access to so you can distinguish the five teams (balls, beanbags, paper)
Background Information: Prayer flags have been used in Tibet for thousands of years where each color of the prayer flag represents a different element (Blue represents the sky, red represents fire, green represents water, yellow represents the earth, white represents the wind). Prayer frags are commonly seen at the different camps on Everest as will on the summit.
Instructions: Divide the class into five equal groups and assign a color (representing element corresponding to the color of the prayer flag) to each group. Have the groups them scatter throughout the gym or playing area. The teacher will then yell an element and the team who is wearing the color corresponding to that element from the prayer flags are ‘it’. They must then try and tag the other students and if a student gets tagged they must sit and wait for the next round. To keep the activity upbeat keep the rounds short and yell new elements when they are not expecting it. The students must remember what the color they are wearing represents and be ready to be ‘it’ on a moments notice.
Activity: Base Camp Beanbag Balance
Background Information: Explain to the students that when mountaineers climb Mount Everest they do not just climb right to the top. In order for their bodies to acclimatize to the high altitudes they gradually climb up to each of the camps and back down to base camp. When they return to base camp they will need to repack their backpacks with new recourses (eg. food, water, equipment, etc.) for the next ascend up the mountain. This activity will imitate this process with climbing back to base camp and return with resources needed. While climbing they must be aware and navigate around obstacles and crevasses along the way (hula-hoop and benches).
Set up: Have beanbags placed in the middle (base camp) of the gym or playing area and hula-hoops and benches placed around the gym. Divide the rest of the gym, surrounding the middle, into four sections representing each of the four camps on Everest.
Instruction: Divide the class into four groups and assign them a cardinal direction (North, East, South, or West) in one of the four sections, as this will represent their second base camp. On the teacher’s command, they will tell one or multiple groups (eg. North, east) to return to base camp. Student’s will then race to base camp to get resources (beanbags) to bring back to their camp. They will place the beanbag on their head and bring it back to camp without letting it touch the floor. If the beanbag touches the floor they lost what they had and must put it back in the middle. Students must be aware and navigate around the obstacles and crevasses (hula-hoop and benches) along the way. The game will continue until all the resources at base camp are gone. The team with the most resources (beanbags) wins.