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
I have walked myself into my best thoughts and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it.
― Søren Kierkegaard
Did You Know?
The lowest point in Nepal is Kanchan Kalan which is 70m above sea level.
Find Your Fit Fact
Thirty minutes of walking a day makes your muscles more sensitive to insulin. That allows glucose to do its duty inside your cells rather than pile up in your bloodstream (that’s what happens when you have diabetes) and cause other havoc.
Warm-up: Rope Tag
- No equipment required
Background Information: Explain to the students that a rope is a very important piece of equipment used by climbers when on expeditions. A team of climbers will tie themselves to the one rope for safety, helping them stay together to prevent falls and to help a teammate if they are ever in danger.
Instructions: This is a simple tag game. Begin by choosing two students to be ‘it’, who will hold hands to imitate a rope and must not let go. They must work together to tag the other student who will join the chain when they are tagged. Explain to the students that when you are in the chain they must not let go of hands or it will cause a teammate to be in danger.
Activity: Follow the Sherpa
- Different pieces of equipment to use for obstacles along the trail (hula hoops, mats, cones, hockey sticks, etc.), blindfolds
Background Information: Explain to the students that a Sherpa is referred to an elite mountaineer as they have the ability to function in high altitudes and are experts in their local terrain. Sherpa are an ethnic group that has emerged from the mountainous regions of Nepal who work to support their family as a sherpa. The job of a sherpa requires them to work with climbers as they are on expeditions, including Mount Everest, as a guide. Tasks could include carrying equipment, fixing ropes on the trail, rescuing climber, etc.
Set up: Using the equipment you have, scatter it all across the playing area in the gym.
Instructions: Divide the student into groups of about 5 or 6 people. All but one student will be blindfolded; the one who is not blindfolded will be the sherpa. Have the student line up in a straight line at one end of the playing area. One student at a time the sherpa must guide the climbers across the trail while avoiding all the obstacles. Climbers often use cue words like ‘clear’ meaning its safe to keep moving forward, and ‘zero’ meaning stop as it is not safe to move on. Try to encourage the sherpa to use these cue words and let the climbers (students blindfolded) that if they feel uncomfortable or unsafe they can us the word ‘zero’ to stop as safety is most important. Continue until all student have made it safely across to the other side of the gym.