So we wanted to talk to the girls about the importance of physical fitness and starting to get in the habit of being active while they are young. At first I wasn't positive what I wanted the "CAMP PAD" to include because some of our girls are a lot more active and competitive than others... and I definately didn't want to turn activity days into some sort of drills hour. Most of them play sports, dance and have a good idea about most of that. Then I got thinking maybe they don't know that much about other kinds of ways to be physically active. I know many of the families have passes to community centers so I figured maybe we could introduce them to the classes that you normally see there. So...the main things we practiced/did were stretching, yoga, pilates and zumba. I printed most of the following off and had them to show the girls as we practiced them.
First I told them the difference between aerobic exercise and anaerobic exercise and that basically aerobic is when they go for a while and breath a lot (using oxygen) and that anaerobic is short burst of energy like sprinting and uses energy in their muscles (I guess I did get something out of my college degree!).
Then we started with going through some stretching exercises.... there are a lot on the internet to choose from, but also included some of my own favorite stretches.
Then we went on to Yoga and tried these positions, learning their names:
along with the Sun Salutation, a basic Yoga movement.
"Sun Salutation or "surya namaskar" is the basic foundation for the power yoga practice. Surya Namaskar literally means "obeisance to the sun". The Sun Salutations are a complete workout in themselves and thoroughly warm up the entire body, preparing it to awaken to the benefits of the postures." - Sol Power Yoga
I was going to do some pilates next but we ran out of time and the girls were really excited about Zumba. Here are the pilates things we would have done:
Zumba... I could be wrong but Zumba to me is basically dancing, with someone leading. According to wikipedia, "Zumba involves dance and aerobic elements. Zumba's choreography incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, mambo, martial arts, and some Bollywood and belly dance moves. Squats and lunges are also included. "
So for Zumba I asked for volunteers to get up in front of everyone and do a few dance moves and the rest of us would follow. We had the music turned up loud and just started dancing. Every once in a while a girl would scream out "freestyle" which meant do whatever you want. We were outside but I had my phone with you-tube hooked up to our stereo and two of the girls (sisters) knew a dance to "Waka Waka" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRpeEdMmmQ0) and led the rest of us in the dance. I thought it was a perfect example of Zumba and the girls really liked it.
After that it was time to end so we had some popcycles and I think the girls had a blast :).