Friday, 25 May 2012

Level one info

At hero Academy, we believe in changing lives for the better through education.  It's not just about doing exercises and running about, it's about understanding why we do what we do to lead fit and healthy lives.

Children who join Hero Academy begin at Level One.  Level one is all about learning what it means to be fit and healthy.

At Junior Hero Academy, we focus on four components of health and fitness.  Once you understand these clearly, you can progress onto level two.  You also get a certificate to receive in your celebration assembly at school.

Level one focuses on:
1     Cardiovascular fitness
2     Muscular strength
3     Core stability and balance
4     Nutrition

Cardiovascular fitness can be achieved by working your heart and lungs through any activity that gets out out of breath, hot and sweaty: riding a bike, walking, running, swimming etc.

Muscular strength can be achieved by working your muscles by doing any activity that involves moving your joints and employing muscle power.  Crossing the monkey bars, scaling the climbing frame, jumping, hopping, squats, lunges, press ups, rows etc.

Core stability, which aids balance, can be achieved through a variety of core exercises that strengthen the muscles around your abdomen.  Planks and side planks are great exercises for this.

Great nutrition is vital for health and fitness.  A combination of carbohydrates (fruits, vegetables, whole grains and pulses), protein (meat, fish, cheese, yoghurt, beans and nuts), healthy fats (olive oil, nuts, yoghurt, avocados) vitamins, minerals and water are vital for a healthy body.

Whilst sugar and processed foods in moderation will not kill you, they are not necessary to survive.  You can easily live without them.

Once you know this information and are beginning to weave that knowledge into your everyday life, you are ready to progress onto level 2!

Hope this helps,

Krish x

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