Physical education is more than just a class in school and it's for more than just athletes. P.E. means making sure you know how to keep your body feeling good every day, no matter who you are. One way to do that is to make sure that you stay physically fit and active.
- Find activities that you like to do. Do you like to play soccer or basketball? Do you like to swim or take walks? Do you like to dance or do yoga? Figure out what makes you happy and try to be active at least once a day.
- Keep track of your "screen time." Ask yourself: How long have I been sitting in front of the TV or the computer? If the answer is more than one hour, it's time to get moving! Instead of instant messaging your friends all night long, get together for a walk or a game of basketball. If it must be video games, make it an active one!
- Check out your school, local gym, or YMCA. Many times you can get a great gym membership rate as a student and find that you enjoy lifting weights, taking fitness classes, or playing a game of pick-up basketball.
- Go to your youth center. Your new installation has a youth center where you can find other kids to hang out with and tons of activities to get you going. You or your parents can call your installation's youth center to see what's offered and what you might be interested in.
- Do activities solo. If you're alone, ride a bike, do a fitness video, walk the dog, invent some new dance moves, or try some jumping jacks and push-ups.
- Get a group of friends together. If you're with others, play baseball or basketball, go to the gym, head to the youth center, go for a group run/walk or a bike ride, or make up a dance routine.
- Stay hydrated. When you're active, make sure you drink a lot of water.
And have fun! Whether you're stuck inside due to rain, all by yourself, or with a whole group of friends, there's always a way to have fun while being active. If the weather seems too hot or cold: go swimming, wash the car, go sledding, build a snowman, or go to the gym.
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