Ask students to define muscle or the muscular system.If students are having trouble defining the
terms, ask students to describe the function of a muscle.What does a muscle help us do?
Brainstorm with students the meaning of flexible and the
purpose of stretching.Explain that
flexible means capable of being bent or twisted without being injured. Explain
to students muscles must move to remain healthy and functional.When muscles are not used, they lose their
ability to contract and perform as they were intended.They may become weak or they may become
tight, and when eventually used, be painful.Stretching is significant because it provides a workout for your muscles
and enables muscles to become flexible when doing physical activity.
Ask students when they should stretch.Stretching should be done before and after
exercise also explain that it is good to stretch at any time of the day.Stretching can be done in the morning when
you wake up, while you watch TV, during breaks at school or any other time. The
more you stretch, the more flexible you will become.
Explain that students should stretch before doing a
high-energy activity. High-energy activities work your muscles, and your
muscles are more likely to get strained or injured when they are working hard. Stretching
makes it easier for a person to bend and flex the body without sustaining an
Review the benefits of stretching:
makes muscles more flexible. Flexible muscles are less likely to become
strained or injured.
flexible increases agility which improves the performance.Physical activities that require
bending and moving, like sports, dancing, martial arts and even everyday
things like chores are better accomplished after becoming more flexible.
helps to relieve stress. Stretching can reduce anxious and nervous
feelings.Stretching and breathing
helps with concentration and relaxation.
uses energy from your body without causing sweat. Therefore, stretching
is possible in any setting or environment, and can be done in any and all
attire.Stretching does not
require any special equipment and can be done for short or long periods
can make tight muscles feel better. If muscles are tight, light
stretching can loosen them.
To cultivate interest in stretching, flexibility and muscle
types, students will participate in a stretching routine and a scavenger hunt.
Emphasize that stretching can be accomplished at anytime but it is important to
stretch before and after physical activity and exercising.