Middle School Fitness

Course Overview

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Right now, no matter where you are, you are already home. It’s true! Your body is your home, even though it doesn’t have a roof and walls. It’s the place where you keep all of your feelings and where you spend every single day of your life. For that reason, taking care of yourself and knowing a bit about fitness is a super-important way to keep your physical “home” comfortable and safe. Being fit means your body can meet your needs – on the playground, when you’re running, or doing anything physical. It also means you are making smart choices for yourself. Because, just like the home where you sleep, your body needs someone to care for it – and that person is you!

Are most of your days filled with activities? Sometimes we get so caught up in our day to day life, it’s hard to find time to do the things we love. Eating right and getting enough sleep can be challenging, so learning how to take care of yourself is important if you want to feel energetic and happy. Knowing how your body works and why fitness matters will help you discover just how easy it is to be healthy. And when you are healthy, you can do anything!

Your body is more than just skin, bone, and muscle—it is a living model of different systems all working to communicate with each other, and you. Jumping around to your favorite song is a great way to stay active, but staying truly “fit” also calls for an understanding of what is happening inside your body every day. Are you ready to take a glimpse of the amazing things you can do?

The word fitness can mean a lot of things. Being fit means you are physically healthy and able to move your body, but what about total fitness? This is a type of well-being that includes the mind as well as the body. Finding this kind of healthy relationship between mind and body takes effort, self-acceptance, and a willingness to try new things. But it is also a great deal of fun! Creating your own fitness plan will help you strike the right balance and fill your time with activities you love.

There’s no denying it—fitness is a lot of fun. Whether you are running around on a soccer field with your teammates or hiking alone in a beautiful forest, exercise is wonderful for your body and mind. And one of the best things about being active is there’s no limit to what you can do. We’ve looked at ways that you can have fun exercising independently. Working with others to find your personal best is another way to be happy, healthy, and ready to take on new challenges.

Do you ever feel confused about what to eat? Chips, cookies, candy—they all taste delicious, but they don’t give your body lasting energy or keep it healthy. There are so many things to consider when choosing the right fuel — calories, sugar, fat, carbs — it can almost take the fun out of finding something to eat. But once you understand nutrition and how food can bene t your health, you may find your choices begin to change. Yes, it’s a little corny, but you really are what you eat, so take control and decide what you want to be!

What do you see when you look in the mirror? Do you see the unique beauty that is there? Or do you see a disappointing picture of what is missing? Maybe it’s a little bit of both. These days, we are faced with endless images—online, in magazines, on television—and sometimes it can be hard to tell the difference between what is real and what is not. This confusion can lead to uncomfortable feelings about your body and how you see yourself in relation to others. Because fitness asks us to think about our physical selves, learning how to understand and appreciate your own body image is important. Being healthy is not only about exercise and nutrition—it’s also about loving yourself.

Let’s be honest—doing what is good for you is not always fun. Sometimes it can just feel like a lot of hard work. Eating right, staying active, making a plan—there are moments when fitness can seem like more trouble than it’s worth, which is why it’s so important to remember the benefits of your healthy choices. When you are feeling doubtful or tired, remember that personal fitness is a life goal and not something that will always feel simple. The rewards are enough to make it all worthwhile, offering you a chance to live longer, think better, and enjoy the beauty of what your body can do.

Course Highlights

Choose the proper fitness routine that will strengthen your muscles just the way you want.
Prepare your body and your mind for intense competitions.
See the benefits of exercising with a group.
Set and achieve personal fitness goals.

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