Best Moves for Back To School

With the recent start of the school year, many of our schedules just got a whole lot busier. After a summer of much-needed time off (and time for your favorite outdoor activities!), teachers and school administrators are now back to jam-packed days. Luckily, we’ve got plenty of tips for our favorite educators to stay active throughout the school day – read on for our recs!

1) Free period fitness
If you have a free period during the school day, use this time to take a brief walking break. In between your classes, step outside for 20 minutes – getting moving by walking around campus can help clear your mind and get you refreshed and ready to teach your next class!

2) Brain breaks
Studies have consistently shown that physical activity is associated with improved academic achievement and cognitive skills in students, and that brain breaks — short, 5 minute activity breaks — not only get the blood flowing, but also get your brain re-engaged. If you and your students are feeling a little sluggish, try a quick brain break to wake everyone up and re-focus. 5 minutes of movement will leave you and your class energized and ready to learn, and will help you reach your daily movement goals! Check out our favorite brain breaks here: http://www.pinterest.com/parko/brain-break-activities/

3) Movement Mondays
After a fun weekend, heading back to work at the start of the week can be tough. Ease the transition into the workweek with Movement Mondays! Get a group of fellow teachers and staff together and head to your school’s track to walk for 30 minutes and share about your weekends. Whether it’s before school, at lunch, or after the school day ends, this social time and physical activity can help ensure your week gets off to a great start!

Hear what one of our past challenge participants had to say about her experience moving with her fellow teachers and staff:

“A group of my coworkers and I are all taking the Strength and Conditioning class that our school district is offering.  I think this has brought us closer and we are all very supportive during the class.  We also keep each other in check on attendance to the class.  It has been very positive with us.” – Paula G., Belton School District, Belton, MO

We want to hear your stories too! Have you participated in a faculty and staff Movable challenge at your school? Share your favorite ways to move with your fellow teachers and we’ll send a set of 3 accessory bands to our favorite 3 comments!

If you’re interested in starting a faculty wellness program at your school or district, contact Movable today at sales[at]movable.com.

Have a happy, healthy school year!
Kaitlin