TRACK ATTACK is a monthly program that measures the increase in cardiovascular endurance month to month. Students run the track for "straws/sticks" and are trying to move up to the 100 lap club by the end of the year. They decorate and create a RACE car ICON for our massive blue wall and move their RACE CAR up the leader boards as they finish each TRACK ATTACK!
Grading System -
10 plus grade level - Bouncy Ball
9 or more - E/A
8 - S/B
7 - N/C
0-6 - U/D
1. The Run and Post-Run RushYou know that feeling you get when you ace a test or beat your buddy in Mario Cart? You can get that same feeling through running. It’s called “the runner’s high,” and it makes you feel like you are strong, fast and on top of the world. Best of all, the feeling of euphoria lingers long after you stop moving.
Even running for 10 minutes around the block is enough to get something called “endorphins” (a chemical in the brain that makes us feel happy) flowing. Combine that with the joy of being outside, away from school or homework, and you’ve got a recipe for success.
2. To Keep in ShapeRunning is the easiest, quickest way to stay in shape, both for other sports and for life in general.
Being able to hustle and play good defense is very important in almost every sport, but you have to be in shape to do both on a consistent basis. Running a few times a week is the perfect way to get your legs and lungs ready for a full-court press or an outfield dash to catch a fly ball. Just 10 to 30 minutes a day is all you need to make a big difference in your game.
Even if you don’t play other sports – actually, especially if you don’t play other sports – running is still an important part of a healthy lifestyle. People of all ages should exercise a few times a week.
3. To Get SmartStudies have shown that just a little bit of aerobic exercise each day can actually create new brain cells and improve memory (you can tell a sport is “aerobic” because it causes you to be out of breath, but you can still do it longer than five minutes). One test showed that students who ran for 30 minutes were better able to memorize and remember information than when they stayed still or lifted weights.
So if you are having a hard time concentrating in class or struggling with tests, try going for a run before you study. Get healthy and get smarter … quite the one-two punch.