Elementary Students Need Physical Education, Even if the School’s Budget Doesn’t Cover It

elementary school gym classJessica Mazeau teaches physical education at Clifford School in Redwood City, California, five days a week. Her students are in kindergarten through fifth grade and a typical class includes activities such as keep-away with basketballs, hula hooping, and jumping rope. However, Mazeau does not work for the school or for the school district, nor is she a volunteer. Instead, she works for a private company, Rhythm and Moves, which was hired by the school’s parent-teacher organization, to provide physical education and activities for the students after the school’s budget cuts required it to eliminate its programs for students in all grades, except sixth through eighth.

“Clearly, if we don’t fund it the kids are not getting any active outside, except for minimum recess time and lunch time,” said Marilyn Ezrin, co-president of the Clifford School Parent-Teacher Organization.

Along with music education, physical education is becoming a luxury that schools simply cannot afford due to budget cuts and a hurting economy. However, with state requirements in California mandating that students receive 200 minutes of PE classes every 10 days, the responsibility to fulfill this requirement has fallen on classroom teachers.

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New Fitness App Helps Students Stay in Shape

Garmin Fit App logoWhen I was a freshman in college, I didn’t need an app to help me find the most fattening foods on my college campus. But nowadays, there’s even an app for that and created by Garmin. Lately though, Garmin is trying to change their image, so they created a new app called Fit App that will help you loose the original freshman fifteen that you gained by using their original app to find the best cheese fries in the city.

The Fit App is now available for Android and iPhone. For only $0.99, the new app, which works a lot like Nike+, will help you measure your workouts in terms of distance, time, calories, and speed of your exercise. This is perfect for college students because it means you do not have to pay attention to your workout. Instead, you can focus on the homework assignment that you brought to the gym with you, right?

In addition to tracking your workouts, the Fit App will allow you to share your workout results with others via a social media platform that connects all Fit App users. This is also convenient for college students because you could use it to plan a group workout session with your friends, even if you can not all go to the gym together at the same time due to conflicting class schedules.

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Walk to School for Better Test Scores

How many of you are resolving to do better in school this year? I’m also inclined to believe that your New Year’s Resolution has something to do with diet or fitness. Why not go for a two-for-one New Year’s Resolution deal? Seriously though, new research suggests that girls who walk (or bike) to school not only reap the physical rewards of exercise, but they also perform better on tests.

The results of the study prove that commuting to school through physical activity (as opposed to a car or bus ride) gives girls a more competitive edge in the classroom. The more time spent walking or biking to school also equaled greater improvement. Those who walked more than 15 minutes scored higher on tests than the girls who walked less than a 15 minute commute. The findings held their credibility even after compensating for overall fitness and age.

Improved test scores could be due to the fact that walking and biking to school provides increased blood flow to the brain, not to mention additional time to reflect on the test to come. It’s widely accepted that exercise increases mental faculties. Memory, clarity and concentration are among the many brain functions that are said to be improved by exercising. It seems only logical that this would translate to higher test scores when taken advantage of first thing in the morning.

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Don’t Getting Rusty Over Winter Break

Many college students look forward to winter break. It marks the end of a semester, the half-way point for the school year and most importantly, you get to spend time with family. Most students get to enjoy an entire month or more of time off from school with no worries of homework or class lectures.

After a few months of intense study and test taking, it can be easy to lose some of what you learned when faced with time off. If you’re looking toward graduating from college, it will be important to retain something from each class and keep yourself from getting rusty over longer breaks. Summer learning loss doesn’t just affect younger students. College students can experience a loss of learning over time as well. Below are some great ways to keep your mind fresh over the holiday break. This doesn’t mean you have to spend the break writing term papers, but you will find it easier to transition back into the college routine once the break is over.

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Best Cardio Exercises for the Dorm Room

Usually when we think of cardio, we think of clocking miles on a treadmill, going out for a long run around campus or jumping through a hip-hop dance class. However, you don’t need a lot of space or expensive equipment to get in a sweat session- you can sneak in a solid cardio workout from your dorm room.

Perfect for those cold winter days when you don’t feel like battling the snow to head across campus to the gym or when it’s simply too late to switch into your workout gear, these dorm room cardio exercises will get your heart thumping without stepping a foot outside.

1. Lunges: This classic fitness move is usually thought of as a resistance exercise, but if you do them quickly enough, you can raise your heart rate and use them as cardio. Lunges strengthen your legs, your core, bum, and calves. Start with both feet together and step your right foot forward bending your knee at a 90-degree angle and lowering your body into a lunge position. Return your right foot to center and repeat on the left side. Start out by doing ten lunges, gradually working your way up to 25. Add some variety and try side lunges, back lunges and walking lunges along the dorm room hallways. Read the rest of this entry »

Build Strong Arms from Your Dorm Room

You don’t need a personal trainer to have Jennifer Aniston’s strong, sculpted shoulders, or Jessica Biel’s amazing, athletic guns. In fact, all you really need for a rocking pair of arms is what you already have in your dorm room.

If you have trouble getting to the campus gym, give these exercises a try. Commit to doing them three to four times a week for one month and notice the difference the next time you wear a tank top or a strapless dress.

1. Chair Dips (Tricep Dips): Use a stable chair on an even surface- your desk chair should do just fine. Sit on the chair with your butt right on the edge and place your hands on either side of your hips. Slowly walk your feet out so your butt is a few inches in front of the seat, all your body weight is on your hands and heels. Gently bend your elbows so your bottom lowers towards the floor. Once you hit 90 degrees in your elbows, push through your hands and return to starting position. Try 10 dips to start, and gradually increase the number of repetitions until you feel a subtle burn in your triceps.

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Exercise to Avoid the Common Cold

Don’t want to get sick during exams? Try hitting your school’s gym. A new research study suggests that you can ward off the common cold by exercising regularly. Researchers at Appalachian State University in North Carolina collated data from 1,002 people and tracked the number of upper respiratory infections they contracted during the winter of 2008. The participants rated their physical fitness and reported how often they exercised.

People who exercised five or more times per week were found to be 46 percent less likely than people who were more sedentary to get a cold. Additionally, those who exercised more were found to suffer from less severe symptoms for fewer days.

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Best Fitness DVDs for College Students

Walk Away the PoundsGoing to college, for some students, can be the start of weight gain. Many college students find that they are not as involved with sports or activities as they were in high school and that can lead to gaining weight. There is often the problem of extra calories by way of pizza, alcoholic beverages and other unhealthy foods that students have easy access to because they are cheap and plentiful.

Going to college doesn’t have to turn into a curse for your figure. Typically, colleges offer a nice gym facility that is accessible to students as long as they are enrolled. Not everyone enjoys going to the gym, though. Some people are more comfortable exercising at home in private. For those students wanting their own private getaway to exercise without blowing the college budget on a complete home gym, we’ve compiled a list of fitness DVDs that will be great for working out in your dorm room.

An important thing to look for when you’re trying to find a good fitness DVD is that it gives you good results, is fun, offers variety and doesn’t require lots of extra equipment. The DVDs below meet that criteria and done on a regular basis, can get you great results. Read the rest of this entry »

P90X is Perfect Fitness Program for College Students

P90XOne thing you hear from a lot of people that are trying to lose weight or get back into shape is that they want to get back to their high school weight. The main reason for that is that most people were at their best weight in high school. If you were at all involved in sports, high school might have been when you were in your prime. Many people who play sports in high school are involved in several sports and always training, practicing or working out- without even noticing.

In college, this is often not the case. College students have a lot more academic responsibility and often don’t workout if they are not involved in sports. Like every other aspect of college, you are left on your own to get moving. Those that don’t get some sort of activity usually start gaining weight. Even if you don’t gain weight, it is easy to let yourself go when you’re studying, working on big projects, partying and trying to make it to class.

For those college students that want to get their high school bodies back or just get into shape, P90X may be the program for you. P90X is a 90-day, extreme workout program that is available on DVD that you do in your home. For most college students, these workouts can be done in a dorm room with only a TV, DVD player, hand weights and a pull up bar. You do strength training, cardio and plyometric workouts, all in only a few feet of space. Read the rest of this entry »

Yoga for the Dorm

yogaThere is a little secret about getting in shape: despite the multi-billion dollar diet industry, staying fit and healthy doesn’t cost that much money, nor does it require a lot of space.

If there is one thing students have experience in, it is lack of space and money, so if you’re looking to get into shape in school or reduce stress, look no further than the four walls of your dorm room and the 5,000-year old Indian tradition of yoga.

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