Let's Get Moving
Keeping a Physical Activity Log
- Grade level: Upper Elementary, Middle School
- Subject Area: Health and Sports, Math
While at home, students use their their physical
activity logs to keep a record of their daily physical activities (p.a.)
during each week of the data collection period. Family members are encouraged
to assist in the process. After one or two weeks, students bring their logs
back to class. Various physical activities can be compared for their relative
levels of "intensity". This can lead to a discussion among family
members about the many different kinds of activities they can participate
in. Information about various forms of physical activity is available at
the websites listed below.
- Keep a daily log of their own physical activities for a one or two-week
- Coonsider the type, duration, and intensity of their own physical activities.
- Consider what might constitute a healthy "dose" of daily
- Consider which activities they are most likely to participate in on
a regular basis.
- Consider ways to involve their family members in your physical activities.
- Use the Internet to to discuss physical activity choices with other
children around the world.
In developing our lessons and activities, we made
some assumptions about the hardware and software that would be available
in the classroom for teachers who visit the LETSNet Website. We assume that
teachers using our Internet-based lessons or activities have a computer
(PC or Macintosh) with the necessary hardware components (mouse, keyboard,
and monitor) as well as software (operating system, TCP/IP software, networking
or dial-up software, e-mail and a World Wide Web client program, preferably
Netscape, but perhaps Mosaic or Lynx). In the section below, we specify
any "special" hardware or software requirements for a lesson or
activity (in addition to those described above) and the level of Internet
access required to do the activity.
- Special hardware requirements: None.
- Special software requirements: None.
- Internet access: High-speed Modem
- Classroom materials: Calculators.
Each student will need a printed copy of their physical
activity log. While at home, students should use their logs to keep
a record of their daily physical activities (p.a.) during each week of data
collection. Family members are encouraged to assist in the process. After
one or two weeks, the students will bring their logs back to class. Different
activities can be judged for their "intensity" level. This can
lead to a discussion about the many different kinds of activities they can
participate in. Use the Internet resources below to find information about
various forms of physical activity.
In their log, students should record:
- The type of activity
- The time involved or duration of activity
- The relative level of "intensity" involved in these activities.
- The Personal Trainer
A handy calorie counter to assess energy (caloric) expenditure of different
- 99 Tips for Family Fitness Fun
This website is also part of the "Shape-up America" website.
The Fitness Library is full of helpful articles and advice on weight management,
nutrition, and physical activity. You can also catch up on the latest news
in health and fitness, read book reviews and browse through past monthly
features. Read the article, "Ways to BoostYour Physical Activity Level",
- Fitting Fitness In
This web site is located within the "Shape-Up America" website,
designed to provide you with the latest information about safe weight management
and physical fitness.
Asked Questions about Fitness Activities
This website offers an extensive list of physical activites and answers
many of the common questions about each of them.
- "Get Active"
A part of the "Fitness Files" web site of Racine County, Wisconsin.
Included are sections on fitness fundamentals, fuel for fitness, injury
prevention and mangement, and tips for "getting active".
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