I have many students that need to work on whole body strengthening, and what better way to do that is to have an activity that gets several muscle groups throughout the activity. I wanted an activity that would work on legs, core, and arms at the same time. You can change the intensity of the strengthening by changing the weight of the item that is used. For some kids we use a simple ball, but you could use anything that you have available such as a towel, water bottle, pillow, or weighted ball. For discussion purposes, I am going to just use a ball as our object.
This activity works best with 2 to 4 people doing it together. You start in a circle and one person has the ball at their feet in front of them. It is important to use good form during this exercise so that you are strengthening the right muscles. The person with the ball does a squat, picks up the ball, lifts it over their head, and then tosses the ball to one of the other people. The person who just caught the ball holds it, does a squat, then stands with the ball and lifts it over their head, then tosses it to one of the other people.
You can modify the activity to have the person with the ball hand the ball across their body to the person next to them in order to work in some cross body coordination. You also change the amount of muscle used by changing how much weight the “ball” has. The ball that we used in the pictures is a 6 pound ball. You could use a bag of bean bags or other items to add some weight.
I was sent some exercise cards to try out that were created by FusionWeb, which is an electronic medical records site. They also have a portion of their site that has home programs.
FusionWeb sent me some extra sets of cards, so I will be giving away 4 sets. All you have to do is post anything in the comments and I will pick the winners randomly. Update: The winners have been chosen and contacted.
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