Sunday, August 31, 2014

Fitness for LIFE!

Grade 9: Exploring our Enduring Understanding and Essential Questions for Fitness...

Oi Grade 9!

I wonder, what does fitness mean to you? How is it connected to physical and health literacy? Consider the following enduring understanding and essential questions as they relate to fitness:

Enduring Understanding
  • People’s decisions and actions affect their level of fitness, and in turn, impacts their health

Essential Questions
  • What is fitness?
  • How can you maintain physical activity for lifelong health?
  • What is our responsibility regarding our fitness and health?

Making Connections

How do the physical fitness components help maintain our health? What muscle groups are targeted as we develop each of these physical fitness components? When developing these different components, what does our heart rate tell us about our level of fitness?
  • Muscular Endurance - ability sustain or repeat series of muscular contractions without tiring
  • Muscular Strength - ability to carry out work against a resistance
  • Power - ability to produce explosive force
  • Speed - ability to move the body rapidly
  • Agility - ability to quickly change body position
  • Flexibility - range of motion of body parts (important for execution of techniques in sports)
  • Balance and Coordination - ability to stay in control of body movement
  • Cardiovascular Endurance (aerobic fitness) - ability to sustain physical activity continuously

Measuring our Fitness... Heart Rate

Monitoring our heart rate during physical activity will help determine baseline training zones. Finding the training zone that is right for you will help maximize the health and fitness benefits from participating in physical activity. Calculate your heart rate zones - what does it mean if your heart rates zones or too low or too high when exercising?

Measuring our Fitness... The Beep Test

The beep test is commonly used to measure endurance. Simple to conduct, the test only requires minimal equipment. Explore Top End Sports in order familiarize yourself more with the beep test. Pay particular attention to the following sections:
  • About the Test
  • Test Performance
  • Scoring the Test

In class, you will perform the beep test and record your results. You will calculate your score and compare yourself against beep test norms. Taking your results into consideration, you will create fitness goals to work on throughout the year. 

Please note, you can also use the following aerobic assessment to calculate your score. Be sure to follow the instructions carefully. This health and fitness assessment website is a great resource for measuring your fitness.

Ask yourself the following questions in order to think critically about your fitness level and how this relates to our strand of Lifelong Skills (we will come back to these questions at the end of our fitness unit):
  • What does your beep test result tell you about your current level of fitness? 
  • How could monitoring your heart rate help inform your level of fitness?
  • What goals do you need to set in order to improve? Are they based on interests and abilities? How can you achieve them?
  • What approaches could you take that will challenge you to succeed?
  • What are the benefits of an active lifestyle?

Creating Fitness Goals... The SMART goal approach

Following the instructions on the Fitness SMART Goal-Setting document, you will create a blog post that outlines your fitness goal.

Revisiting your Fitness SMART Goal 

Based on your participation and performance during our fitness unit, revisit your fitness SMART goal blog post...
  • Include your answers to the following questions at the bottom of your fitness SMART goal post:
    • What does your latest beep test result tell you about your current level of fitness? 
    • How did monitoring your heart rate during this unit help inform your level of fitness?
    • What revisions do you need to make in order to refine your fitness goal? Are they based on interests and abilities? What core values are being demonstrated?
    • What approaches could you take that will challenge you to succeed?

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