To feel motivated and positive about movement, we need to enjoy the movement we’re taking part in, and have a good reason for doing it. This is why Healthy Movement is so personal to each and every one of us – we all like different energetic activities, sports, ways of keeping fit and movements to relax.
This week, the big focus is on MOTIVATION AND POSITIVITY – we’ll be finding ways to take care of ourselves by nourishing our bodies and minds, while feeling good about ourselves too.
This is going to involve setting goals for the future, and practising to achieve those goals. These goals will be called MR CAT goals. MR CAT stands for:
M – Measure Me! A MR CAT goal needs to be measured – either with counts or scores
R – Rewarding! A MR CAT goal needs to be rewarding – something you think you can improve on with practise…
C – Challenging! A MR CAT goal needs to be a challenge for you – don’t choose something which is easy!
A – Active! A MR CAT goal needs to be an active challenge – something that gets your body moving for health and wellbeing!
T – Time! A MR CAT goal needs to be practised everyday for a set period of time before you measure your score.
So take a moment to choose one of the activities below to be your MR CAT goal for the week (if you can’t find one you like, then create your own! And don’t forget, you could do more than one!):
- Throwing bean bags/socks into hoops for points
- Doing as many ‘keepy-ups’ as possible with a ball
- Throwing a ball high into the air and catching it as many times as possible in a minute
- Jumping as high as you can
- Skipping backwards as many times as you can in a minute
- Run a sprint faster than you ever have before
- Bouncing a ball on a tennis racket as many times as possible in a minute
- Jump as far as you can with one foot/both feet
- Learning a dance routine ready for a performance
Now create a MR CAT goal challenge chart for each day this week:
Monday – Practise time will be at ___am/pm and will last ___ minutes. Monday’s score: ____
Tuesday – Practise time will be at ___am/pm and will last ___ minutes. Tuesday’s score: ____
Wednesday – Practise time will be at ___am/pm and will last ___ minutes. Wednesday’s score: ____
Thursday – Practise time will be at ___am/pm and will last ___ minutes. Thursday’s score: ____
Friday – Practise time will be at ___am/pm and will last ___ minutes. Friday’s score: ____
Watch your improvement as you go through the week – you might have a day where your score is lower – perhaps because you’re tired/hungry/in a negative mood etc. That’s OK – it happens to all of us. Just come back the next day, after a good night’s sleep, some healthy food, feeling hydrated, with a fresh new mindset, ready to try again!
Let us know how you get on – use the hashtag #childrenshealthproject on any social media platform, and #movementmonday to share your dedication to practise/results/feelings about MR CAT goals!
Your HEALTH AND WELLBEING JOURNAL QUESTION:
How does success feel when you achieve it? What are your best tips for dealing with disappointing results when you’re working on a challenge like this?