Kids in the Game (KING) is participating in May’s National Physical Fitness and Sports month! This month is meant to spread awareness of the many benefits of being physically active. Frequent exercise can help reduce the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and some types of cancer. Daily movement can include activities such as participating in team sports, dancing or simply taking the stairs instead of using the elevator.
KING coaches and kids stretch before working out on the Upper West Side.
To help spread awareness, KING is conducting a month long Fitness Challenge! This challenge consists of a variety of exercises that will get children (and adults) on their feet. The goal of the challenge is to motivate students to beat their own records in fitness elements including planks, push-ups, and lane slides, with the means to develop speed, endurance, flexibility, agility and strength. KING coaches are implementing the challenge during physical education, recess and after-school programs throughout the month.
Wilson Rose, KING's Program Manager, notes, "Challenging children to improve on even the smallest of tasks, such as push-ups or planks, helps to boost self-confidence."
Coach Ashley encouraging the kids at our Washington Heights after-school program.
Students that are the Overall-Leaders and Most-Improved in their programs win exciting prizes!
Fitness Challenge winners in Lower Manhattan.
We're encouraging all of our schools and families to get involved in the challenge! Here's how:
Focus on 2 or 3 specific fitness activities each day (push-ups, sit-ups, jogging, planks, squats, etc. Track these measurements each week from now until June to see how much you can improve. Send us your results and we'll send you a KING water bottle or t-shirt for being part of the challenge! (Don't worry, we won't post your results for the world to see.)Wishing all of you a healthy and active May from Kids in the Game!