Happy National Physical Fitness Month
May is National Physical Fitness month, a time to highlight the importance of staying active through sports and other fitness activities. In lieu of physical fitness month, we wanted to bring you a fun physical activity you can do with your students and children to help develop strength, coordination, balance and achieve overall fitness goals in a fun way through Transportation Yoga Poses. Check out one of your Physical Therapist’s quick break down of how to replicate this activity for your student and children in the video link below.
Try running your child through these five transportation yoga positions, working to hold each one for at least 30 seconds to build up muscle strength, motor coordination and balance.
1. Boat Pose:
Balance on your buttocks with your arms and legs straight out in front of you, in a V shape. Keep a straight spine and open chest. Then pretend to rock in the water like a boat.
2. Surfboard Pose:
From downward facing dog come forward to balance on your palms and on your bent toes in a plank position. Keep your arms straight and your back long and flat. Pretend to be a surfboard gliding through the water.
3. Sail-Boat Pose:
From a standing position, step one foot back, pointing your toe slightly outwards. Take your arms up parallel to the ground, bend at your waist, and tilt your upper body to the side. Reach your front hand to gently rest on your shin and reach your other arm straight up. Pretend to be a sailboat gliding through the water. Switch sides and repeat the steps.
4. Train Pose:
Sit with a tall spine and your legs straight out in front of you. Move your hands like the wheels of a train going down the track.
5. Motorbike Pose:
From downward facing dog, step your right foot forward to rest just inside your right hand. Keep a flat back and open your chest. Pretend to be a motorbike cruising down the road. Switch sides and repeat the steps.
The goal can be to complete each exercise 1 time through and hold for at least 30 seconds each time. Get outside, make it a competition, time yourself, or just take turns. Working on repetitive practice of these skills will improve their overall gross motor development, strength, balance and coordination.
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