Kids should know that stretching increases flexibility, boosts muscle performance, helps to prevent injury and can be fun. Also, it’s important to fuel up with carbohydrates such as whole grains or fruit prior to a workout or activity.
Active stretching gets your body moving while loosening and strengthening it at the same time. Watch Andrew Luck take you through a variety of great exercises. Watch Andrew Luck take you through a variety of great exercises.
Do not attempt the exercises if an injury or limitation prevents you from completing them safely. Participation at any level is sufficient to complete the challenge. Exercises can be done in the classroom or at home.
Let’s hug it out…your knees that is. The Standing Knee Hug is a great stretch that works the hips, lower back and hamstrings. Watch the video, animated GIF or follow the steps we’ve provided to make sure you’re doing it right.
It’s strength building with a twist. Literally. The Lunge & Twist works your quadriceps and hamstrings while also engaging your core. Do it and help build lower body strength and balance.
Get down with a great stretch. Alternate Toe Touches are great for developing the abdominal muscles as well as the hamstrings. Additionally, it can improve your coordination.
Now let's get the upper body loose. The triceps are key muscles to strengthen in your arms. So watch the video or animated GIF and follow these steps we’ve provided to make sure you’re doing it right.
Have your kids stick to these guidelines and they’ll pass the “Fuel Up” part of this challenge.
This snack not only provides key nutrients found in fresh fruit like bananas and cherries, it also keeps muscles hydrated. And hydrated muscles are flexible ones.
Filled with hearty goodness, this soup is packed with protein and essential vegetables, which promotes a healthy, more flexible body.
This is an easy and tasty treat for your body. Kiwi is packed with a high source of Vitamin C which keeps muscles hydrated and ready for activity.
Why it matters
Flexibility is not only critical in the prevention of injury, it’s key to building strength for a growing child’s body. See what our expert doctor has to say about stretching.
Great job! You’ve completed this week’s challenge. We hope you had fun and learned a thing or two. Keep it up — we have seven more weeks of activity and nutrition challenges lined up for you. You won’t want to miss it — move on to the Mindful Morning Challenge!Check off your progress
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