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This blog covers the 3 main muscle groups, you should have your kids be concerned about when doing exercises. With exercise and being active, it's all about balance with being healthy!

In Physical Education, we are looking for a couple things:

  • Good cardiorespiratory endurance
  • Building on upper body, core muscular strength/endurance

Cardiorespiratory Endurance

Cardiorespiratory Endurance is about how your heart and lungs work together to supply oxygen to skeletal muscles during long periods of physical activity. If you can run a mile without getting tired, you have good C.R. Endurance. For little ones (and ADULTS too!), it is recommended that they should be able to be active for a total of 60 minutes every day.

Muscular Strength and Endurance (Upper body/Core)

In children, my general observation is a lot of them have trouble doing certain exercises and movements due to lack of upper body and core muscular strength and endurance. Now will this blog be about weight training and how to make your child the perfect athlete? No way! But I will give you some tips and tricks on how your child can develop and do more things than he or she knew he or she could do. (Mom and dad, why don't you try too?)

Some examples of quick exercises (how to do each will be in the video):

  • Curl-ups
  • Squats
  • Planks (for time)
  • Exploding stars
  • Push-Ups

Modifications

Modifications can be made for people with disabilities and injuries. If you have any questions, ask them in the comment section below, and I can definitely help out to make sure these are done safely! Thank you!

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Andrew Mantzaris

Andrew is a certified physical education instructor in Omaha, Nebraska. His desire is to help every child become a "lifelong mover" by teaching the fundamentals about body movement while making it fun in the process. In his class, you could be playing numerous variations of tag activities, learning sports related skills, doing body weight exercises or testing out some new dance moves. He is committed to making life long moving accessible to all ages and skill levels by coaching h ...

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