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Lesson 21: Physical Activity: What's in It for Me?


In this lesson, students read two stories about young people their age and the amount of physical activity they get each day. They brainstorm different types of activity that will help improve their aerobic endurance, bone strength, muscle strength and flexibility. They create a list of barriers that get in the way of getting enough physical activity every day, and problem solve how to overcome those barriers. They finish the lesson by completing an activity sheet to evaluate their own physical activity patterns and identify ways to increase the amount of physical activity they get each day.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Describe the importance of choosing a variety of ways to be physically active.
  2. Explain positive outcomes from being physically active.
  3. Identify barriers to being physically active.
  4. Identify ways to increase physical activity.

SEL Connection

  • self-awareness

Time: 45 minutes

Healthy Behavior Outcomes

  • PA-1: Engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity for at least 60 minutes every day.
  • PA-2: Regularly engage in physical activities that enhance cardiorespiratory endurance, flexibility, muscle endurance, and muscle strength.

National Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Comprehending Concepts
  • Performance Indicator 1.5.1: Describe the relationship between healthy behaviors and personal health.
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