Students learn the importance of water and work on their soccer skills in this fun game
|Description:||Students kick a soccer ball around while learning the importance of drinking water.|
|Objective:||Students will be encouraged to drink water instead of soda or sweetened beverages.|
|Materials:||One medium-sized ball for every group of four students; and, optionally, a jug of water and plastic cups|
Anyone who engages in physical activity needs to make sure that lost fluids are replaced. It is important that students make sure they drink fluids before, during, and after physical activity.
Sports drinks with glucose, glucose polymer, and sucrose stimulate fluid absorption. The carbohydrates also provide an energy boost for high-intensity workouts. But sports drinks are only necessary when working out for more than an hour. Fruit juice and carbonated sodas are too rich in carbohydrates and can cause stomach cramps and nausea. Students should avoid drinks that contain fructose as the main carbohydrate source (it can cause cramping), or have a lot of sodium or caffeine.
Further information about the national standards can be found here.