It can be understandably difficult for teachers to fit exercise and activity into their busy schedules. Once all the lesson plans are put together and homework has been marked, it’s not easy to make the time to get moving. Plus, when it comes to provinces like Alberta, the weather can put you into hibernation mode rather than inspiring you to be active. But getting regular exercise is one of the keys to staying healthy, which will help you be more alert and energetic in the classroom – and your students will appreciate the positive example!
If you’re still finding it tough to get motivated into movement, here are a few suggestions for staying active when you’re a teacher:
Get up early
This can be a tough task for a lot of teachers, especially the mornings after late nights spent marking papers. Setting the alarm clock for earlier than necessary might feel like a pain, but for a lot of teachers the morning hours can be your only chance at free time.
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Consider an active commute
You’re already sitting down a lot while you’re at your desk, but your work day may also start by sitting in a car or public transit to get to school. If this is the case, you might want to try jogging or cycling to school if you’re able to. Beginning the day with a burst of energy that doubles as a cost-effective (and healthy) way to get to work, and as
Join a rec league
Teachers need more social company than just speaking with their students all day – so why not join a recreational sports league? In the summer months, it’s easy to find a community baseball league that competes for fun, and beer hockey leagues are a winter constant in Alberta.
As with an active commute, this requires a little more organization – packing some healthy snacks for energy, setting out a change of clothes and any equipment you might need – but you’ll be glad for it later when you’re getting a dose of both exercise and social activity.
Work out at home
If a rec league isn’t for you, you should look to find an at-home exercise program that’s going to suit your schedule (in other words, something that isn’t tied to a gym’s opening hours). Fortunately, there are plenty of websites and digital apps that offer exercise plans that you can do at home with minimal equipment (think yoga balls, resistance bands, and so on).
In short, even though it can be a challenge for teachers to make time for exercise, it’s essential in order to stay healthy and full of energy for long days in the classroom. It doesn’t even require long training sessions in the gym – sometimes just a brisk walk on your lunch hour or carving out 15 minutes in the morning is all you need. Figure out what works for you and your schedule – every little bit counts!