Today's Fit Friday tip is a quick game where we call out a sport related action and students demonstrate that action. The examples we used: shoot a jumpshot in basketball, running through tires, downhill skiing, throwing a football (students in 3-5 are assessed on this!), shooting an arrow, and swimming underwater.
Lazy 8's begin by extending one arm in front of you with your thumb pointing up to the ceiling.. Use your arm to trace a sideways figure 8 (infinity sign) slowly and smoothly. Next, use both arms together with thumbs extended to trace the "lazy 8" in the air. Finally, move your arms in opposite directions making the sideways figure 8 in the air.
We started our year with these brain break-type activities initially published by Dr. Paul Dennison in his book Brain Gym:
Cross Crawl - This movement activates both hemispheres of the brain at the same time. Raise the right knee and touch it to the left elbow (or hand) then raise the left knee and touch it to the right elbow (or hand). Repeat for the desired amount of time.
Hook Ups - This complex crossover action works similarly. The sensory and motor portions of the brain are activated connecting emotions with reason helping us to learn and respond effectively.
Stretch arms out in front of you, cross them with palms facing. Interlock fingers. Roll the locked hands down and in toward the body then rest them on the chest. Next, cross one ankle over the other. Finally, place your tongue on the roof of the mouth behind the front teeth. Stand, sit, or lie down for 2- 5 minutes.