Action Tips: Host an Exercise Expert

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Have you ever heard someone say that they don't exercise because they're not good at sports, or they don't want to run? We're not so sure those are good excuses. There are so many ways to exercise and be active, that sometimes a little experimentation is all it takes to find the activity that makes you feel your best.

Go Exploring

  • Is there a dance studio, a karate dojo, or a cricket league around town? Make a list of local ways to get active, including the names of people to contact.
  • Who coaches the frisbee team, and who teaches at the yoga studio? You can also find cool people and potential teachers just by asking around.
  • Look within the family. Maybe you have a cousin who was a total badminton master back in college who might have some time to help you out.

Team Up

Approach your gym teacher with the results of the research you've done. Explain that you want to invite some guest fitness experts.

Reach Out

Get in touch with your fitness contacts. Ask them to volunteer some time to teaching an activity with your class. Let them know what you're hoping your class gets out of the experience.

Get Feedback

It's cool to know how your work is making a difference. Make up an anonymous survey you can give to your classmates after visits from guest teachers. Ask them how they liked trying something new. See if they tried something they would be willing to do again or on their own time. Try to ask questions that measure change or comparison ("Was yoga more fun for you than you thought?" as opposed to "Was yoga cool?").

Continue Expanding

Try leading these new forms of exercise after school or get it in the curriculum. We'll show you how to start and fund your new program.