Fun movements to help young athletes prepare their bodies for running.
|Objectives||This activity is designed to help your students learn the importance of preparing the body to run. They'll go through a series of stretching movements that will warm up their whole body. (Warming up is not as important for younger, casual runners as it is for older, more serious runners who are perhaps less flexible and who will be working harder. However, it's good to establish good warm-up habits.).|
National Standards for Physical Education (NASPE)
New York State Education Department (NYSED)
|Time Required||5–10 minutes (including discussion)|
Watch the Work It video below for a demonstration of a warm-up routine. This video provides a number of stretches and exercises that you can lead your students through.
Tell the students you are going to lead them through a warm-up. Note that a warm-up is like alerting your body and letting it gradually get ready to work/play harder.
What to watch for:
Direction cues to share with students:
Note: Only give a student one direction at a time.
When you've completed Warm Up, talk to your students about their experience with the activity. Here are some sample questions to get you started:
Classrooms are filled with learners who demonstrate a variety of needs and abilities, including ESL students, those with disabilities, and gifted/talented students. Consider these adaptations as you work to modify the lesson for student success.