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The value of exercise

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LIFE ORIENTATION

Grade 8

HANDLING STRESS

Module 11

THE VALUE OF EXERCISE

Activity 7:

We are still discussing a healthy lifestyle. An unfit person is not optimally healthy. (You’d rather read than jog? Shame on you!)

Everyone needs exercise. That doesn’t mean that we must all become marathon runners, gym geniuses or Kilimanjaro climbers, but moderate exercise is within everyone’s reach. When we exercise, oxygen-rich blood is pumped through the body, our hearts and lungs work harder (cardiovascular) and the brain secretes endomorphins (“happy juice”) that make us feel better. Our muscles stay supple and we feel good about ourselves. And the mirror smiles back at us . . .

Yes, it does feel good to lie in front of the television set, munching away at a bowl of chips, but you need exercise to be happy and healthy. If you’re not into team sports, find something that will work for you.

1. Form groups of five to seven learners and make a list of ways in which to get exercise. Think further than school sports. Compile your own list after each group’s list has been read out.

2. Which sports or types of exercise do you do, and how often?

3. Are you a couch potato or a livewire? Any new objectives?

[LO 3.1]

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Learning outcomes(LOs)
LO 3
Personal DevelopmentThe learner will be able to use acquired life skills to achieve and extend personal potential to respond effectively to challenges in his or her world.
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We know this when the learner:
3.1 analyses and discusses factors which influence self-concept formation and self-motivation;
3.2 reflects on appropriate behaviour in different kinds of interpersonal relationships;
3.5 designs and implements a personal plan for preventing and managing stress.

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