Our September Fitness Challenge Calendar is here!
Back to School is here, whether you are teaching at home or in the classroom. No matter what type of teaching you’ll be doing, our printable calendar is a great resource that teachers can share with students or parents can share with their kids and encourage them to stay active during the school year. 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 September 2020. Here is the link to the download:
Students are challenged each day to participate in the activities listed on the calendar. The month of September is officially Back to School time, and we’ve included some basic fitness exercises, yoga poses, plus some brain boost break 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.
On Saturdays, we encourage some outdoor activities to keep kids active over the weekend. As the fall season approaches, have kids toss a football and practice throwing skills, or visit a local orchard and walk through a cornmaze.
Descriptions for Exercises
Butterfly Kicks: Lie on your back. Keep your abs tight and raise your feet just barely off the floor and flutter kick them.
Tuck Jumps: Bend your knees and lift your heels high while jumping.
Mountain Climbers: Start in a push-up position, then alternate bringing one foot at a time forward toward your armpit and then extend it back out.
Sky Reaches: Raise your arms up to the sky. Then rise up on your tippy toes, continuing to reach for the sky while keeping your body tight. Hold for a set amount of time, then lower your heels and arms slowly.
Back to School Brain Breaks
Some schools are officially back in session and others are still doing virtual learning. We’ve included some fitness activity ideas that are great for classroom or home brain breaks! Students can use their desks, textbooks, and the classroom space to get active and take a break from their work, or they can use their home learning area. On Wednesdays, refer to the two Task Cards on page 2 of the calendar download for a total of 10 ideas.
September is National Yoga Month
The month of September is a great time to introduce yoga to your classroom or program, or if you already have a yoga unit established, you can create even more hype and excitement during National Yoga Month! Teach students the benefits of yoga, as well as some basic poses. Refer to the Yoga Task Card on Fridays on page 3, which includes 5 poses. You can choose to continue with these all month, or choose new poses each week.
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 July. 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 to help you celebrate these observances!
- 16 Educational Resources and Activities
- Simple Fitness Ideas & Brain Breaks for the Classroom
- Why Teachers are Incorporating Yoga in the Classroom
- Athletes for Healthy Schools – Fitness Break Videos
We would love to hear your feedback in the comment section below!