Our 2021 November Fitness Challenge Calendar is here!
Use this printable calendar as a resource to share with your students for virtual learning, and encourage them to participate in the challenge at home with their family. If you have students in the classroom, you can use the Fitness Challenge outdoors as a fun way to get kids moving and active. Be sure to socially distance and safely complete the activities.
We teamed up with the Alliance For A Healthier Generation to create this fitness calendar for the month of November 2021. Here is the link to the download:
Students are challenged each day to participate in the activities listed on the calendar. For the month of November, we’ve included some basic fitness exercises and a printout including 51 activity ideas for Family Fitness Week. Depending on where you live and the seasons you have, you can adapt some these ideas.
Each week, the number of repetitions for each fitness exercise increases. Please keep in mind the number of repetitions is meant as a guide, and can be adapted as needed based on age group and skill level.
Descriptions for Exercises
Side Lunges: Stand with your feet and knees together. Take a large step to the right with your right foot and lunge toward the floor. Your knee shouldn’t extent past your toes. Make sure your left leg stays relatively straight. Push off through your right foot to return to the starting positon. Alternate legs.
Sumo Squat: Stand with your feet wider than shoulder-width apart, and your toes slightly turned out. Push your hips back and squat down, keeping your chest up and knees out. Then stand up and return to the starting position.
Tricep Dips: Students can either use the edge of a chair, a bench, or raised box. Grip the edge with your legs extended out in front of you. Lower your body down toward the ground, with your back close to the edge, and bend your elbows until they are at about 90 degree angle. Then straighten the elbows and bring your body back to the starting position.
Leg Raises: Lie on your back with your legs straight and together. Keep your legs straight and lift them all the way up to the ceiling until your glutes come off the floor. Slowly lower your legs back down – you can also hold them just above the floor for an added challenge. Raise your legs back up and repeat.
Family Fitness Week
The week of Thanksgiving (November 21st-27th) is #NationalFamilyWeek. Celebrate with some fitness activities you can do as a family! We’ve labeled this on the calendar as Family Fitness Week, and provided a list of 51 ideas for you to choose from. Pick your favorites from the list and set a goal to accomplish 2-3 per day during that entire week. This is a great time to encourage each other to stay active, work on team building, and spend time together as a family. You will find the list starting on Page 2 of the printable calendar.
Tip: Use the printable worksheet below from Active Schools to fill out the exercises or activities you did as a family during this week. The sheet allows you to record the activity on each day of the week! This is a great resource to go along with our calendar this month. Download the printable worksheet here.
Download our printable Fitness Challenge Task Sheet for your participants to fill out each day. They will record what exercises they did and put a check mark in the completed box if they completed the number of reps on the calendar. There is also a self-assessment section which is great for social emotional learning. Kids will circle the emoji that best describes how they felt after doing the exercises. The notes section is a place where they can jot down anything related to the activities, and also a great place to record their hobbies they did each Saturday this month.
Get the printable Task Sheet here.
Certificate of Completion
Reward your students for completing the Fitness Challenge! View our printable Certificate of Completion below specifically designed for the month of November. It will open up a Word Document with the template – you just have to fill in the names of your students where it says Enter Name Here.
Get the printable Certificate here.
Here are some additional resources for Family Fitness:
- Family Fitness Night for Physical Education
- How to Get Family Involved in Your PE Program
- Take PE Home Activity Tubs for Grades K-5
We would love to hear your feedback in the comment section below!