While everyone strikes their balance in work and personal life, I want to encourage you to take a few minutes to focus on your physical health by getting fit in the classroom. That is one of the easiest areas to lack as busy teachers, but it doesn’t have to be! Think about the physical activity you already do throughout the day and make it more purposeful.
Here are some things you already do to get fit in the classroom:
- Take a walk around the room. You need to monitor your students while they work, make it purposeful, walk a certain number of times, weave around desks, change direction, but get those steps in!
- While you’re walking, do squats. Your students may chuckle, but you are taking care of yourself.
- Get your students involved in your exercise. They could use some physical activity, too. Get on GoNoodle, or check out my Move It resource I’ve prepared for getting your students (and you!) out of the chairs for a few minutes every day.
Eating healthy is another thing easily forgotten on a busy day. Meal planning can be so helpful as a teacher. Prepare your lunches and snacks for the week ahead of time.
- Roast some chicken and bring it for lunch in a chicken sandwich, chicken salad, or some chicken soup.
- Buy fresh veggies, I know it is a foreign concept to some. Bring some for lunch and snack every day and don’t let yourself near the chocolate until it’s gone.
- Fruit is like nature’s candy, bring some for yourself to munch on during plan time. It’ll stave off hunger and give you a healthy sugar rush to get you through the day.
Whatever you do to build healthy habits, it will be worth it! We get so busy taking care of all our students and family that we don’t always have time or energy for ourselves. Make yourself a priority and try out some of these exercises and healthy eating ideas today!