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WHAT IS YOUR FITNESS STYLE?
Did you know you have a fitness style? Let’s find out what your activity level is now. Circle the answer that best describes what you usually do. Then add up your points and discover your fitness style.
In the morning I usually…
1. Pull the covers over my head and go back to sleep
2. Get up but I am still tired
3. Wait until the snooze alarm or Mom/Dad/Grandma calls again.
4. Wake up quickly and jump out of bed
In gym class I…
1. Hide out or pretend I’m sick
2. Sometimes participate when I like the activity
3. Often participate in most activities
4. Always play hard
At lunch I usually…
1. Skip lunch
2. Just eat my lunch
3. Eat, then hang around with friends
4. Eat fast and then play hard
After school or on weekends, I do sports, dance or play active games…
1. Not at all
2. Once or twice a week
3. 3 or 4 times a week
4. 5 or more times a week
Scoring: Each item you circled has a number in front of it. Add up your numbers and read below to discover your fitness style.
1- 5 points = couch potato
6 – 13 points = moderate mover
14 - 16 points = Olympic potential
YOUR EXERCISE OPTIONS
Pick the one that’s right for you.
• Help with household chores daily: make your bed or sweep the floor
• Help carry home the groceries or laundry
• Walk the dog or your baby brother/sister/cousin around the block
• Make exercising during commercials a requirement for watching TV. Do jumping jacks, hula-hoop or sit-ups.
• Be active 10 to15 extra minutes each day.
• Participate more actively in gym class and recess time.
• Play actively with your friends: tag, sledding, hop scotch, catch, dancing, hiking, dodge ball, Frisbee, biking and flying a kite, are great things to do with your friends in the park or school yard.
• Try a team sport: soccer, baseball, basketball, football, karate, tennis, hockey or swimming, are great ways to become active and make new friends.
• Be active 15 to 30 extra minutes each day.
• Join a school team.
• Set aside time for working out alone or with friends.
• Challenge yourself to excel at skateboarding, break dancing or other activities you like.
• Learn dance, karate or gymnastics and prepare for the group’s performance.
• Be active 30 minutes or more every day.