Exercise

Student Exercise

There is no argument that exercising is important in living a long and healthy life. Research indicates that exercise serves to build stamina, increase attentiveness, develop coordination skills, and suppress anxiety. Each morning our entire community begins with “Fit Club”. We participate in team sports, running, weight lifting, balance and aerobic activities to develop healthy daily patterns of fitness that will carry into adulthood. Exercise serves as one of their chief tools for self-regulation, which results in increased potential and growth.

We have developed a fitness program that focuses on supporting the relationship between physical activity and learning.  Our students and staff begin each day in a fitness class doing simple stretches, exercises and running or walking.   Our experience has shown that the therapeutic benefits of physical activity support their growth in the classroom.  The underlying philosophy is that if fitness class can be used to instruct kids how to monitor and maintain their own health and fitness, then the lessons they learn will serve them for life.

Students join our staff each morning in fitness classes such as running, spinning, basketball, strength training, balance, circuit training, and yoga. We encourage students to monitor their heart rates and keep physical activity at a level that maintains 80% of their maximum heart rate. We have found that students who arrive at school tired actually become more alert, attentive, and prepared for the school day following morning Fit Club.

Research proves exercise causes both therapeutic benefits and boosts students’ abilities to attend and thrive in the classroom.

The Gateway Fit Club initiative—born out of exercise behavior management science and the game-changing research of Dr. John Ratey proving the link between exercise and learning—has been an enormous success.
Each morning students move, sweat, push their cardiovascular systems, and learn to rely on exercise as a chief tool for self-regulation. Our fitness program supports the interconnection between eating well, physical activity, and personal and academic achievement.

At Gateway, we’ve seen a marked improvement in student self-management and confidence.

With each student participating in various activities emphasizing balance, strength, flexibility, and endurance, we’ve seen a marked improvement in both student self-management and confidence.

Sports

Our students join our staff each day in engaging fitness classes such as running, basketball, strength training, balance, circuit training and yoga. We encourage the students to monitor their own heart rate and to keep their physical activity at a level that maintains 80% of their maximum heart rate. We have found that those students who come to school tired are more alert, attentive, and prepared for the day after Fit Club. Our research has shown that the therapeutic benefits of physical activity support students’ abilities to attend and thrive in the classroom.

Exercise

The Fit Club initiative, born out of the science of exercise as a behavior management technique has been an enormous success. Each morning students will sweat, push their cardiovascular systems, and learn to rely on exercise as one of their chief tools for self-regulation. This fitness program focuses on supporting the relationship between food, physical activity and personal and academic management. With each student participating in activities that alternatively emphasize balance, strength, flexibility and endurance, we have seen a marked improvement both in student self-management and confidence.

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