Active for Life Role Model SpotlightSaturday, May 14, 2016
As a teacher and a mother of two young children, I value the importance of regular physical activity and have witnessed first hand how physical literacy plays a crucial role in the development of a child’s skill set and self-confidence. With that said, I couldn’t be more thrilled to align myself with a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of physical literacy - Active for Life.
Active for Life is the place where parents go to learn about activities for kids. Physical education leads to physical literacy, which is critical for child development. Physical literacy also gives active kids the best chance to someday compete in high-performance sport. Kids activities are organized here by age and gender, so parents can find fun and engaging ways of making sure their children get the recommended daily amount of physical activity. Activities for toddlers are aimed at the development of fundamental movement skills, while activities for children build on the fundamentals to establish more complex sport skills that can be used to play any number of sports and activities. Exercises for kids enhance their physical development. In the early stages of child growth, early childhood development is dependent on appropriate exercises for children. Because kids play is good for kids health.
I am a firm believer that one of the best ways we can educate our children about physical literacy is to provide them with a model. With that said, I am by no means an athlete nor am I in the best physical shape but I do enjoy a variety of physical activities such as bike riding, going for a walk and even running. In fact, the kids and I recently participated in a 5k run hosted by their school in support of Free the Children, and in a few weeks, I will be participating in my third Warrior Dash. I've even attempted wall climbing as well as treetop trekking and the high ropes at Blue Mountain. Last fall, I signed up for boot camp with fellow colleagues and it has proven to be quite an experience. Since starting boot camp, I have managed to increase the number of regular push-ups I can do from two to 20! We sometimes share the gym with the after school daycare and I often catch some of my students peaking through the divider but I have to tell myself it's okay for them to see me all fatigued with disheveled hair. Because really, they need to see that physical activity is important at every age. Finally, one of my all-time favourite ways to get active is through yoga. While I don't practice as regularly as I used to, I find the sum of my experiences has made me more aware of my posture and breathing. And yeah, I have pretty much mastered the Sirsasana II, also known as the tripod headstand.