Fitness

 

Special Olympics Iowa encourages our athletes to pursue fitness outside of their competitive sports! Incorporating physical activity along with proper nutrition and hydration every day is important for preventing injury, achieving new personal bests, and maintaining overall optimal health. Special Olympics Iowa Fitness programming empowers athletes and their supporters to take charge of their own health and fitness by providing the necessary education, social support, opportunities and tracking of progress.  Let’s get fit!

Team Fit

Team Fit encourages athletes to continue pursuing their health, fitness, and sports goals by completing daily focused activities. The program builds Unified communities and provides content that athletes can access and work through within their homes while they are away from their typical Special Olympics sports practices.  By completing the Team Fit training program, athletes will work towards their health goals while preparing their minds and bodies for upcoming sports seasons.

The eight-week program is available to those with and without technology-access as program materials will be available both online and in printed format. Optional supplemental videos will also be available to go along with some activities.

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Did you earn a Fitbit Inspire HR during the Steppin’ Through Summer Challenge and need assistance setting up or using the device?  Click on the link below for step by step instructions on everything from unboxing your Fitbit to using the Fitbit app.

Fitbit Inspire HR Instructions

Fit 5

Fit 5 is a fitness initiative based on the three simple goals of exercising 5 days per week, eating 5 total fruits and vegetables per day and drinking 5 water bottles of water per day. The Fit 5 cards and guide were designed to be utilized with flexibility, giving programs the opportunity to integrate and implement the resources in a way that aligns with their current goals and objectives.

FIT 5 GUIDE
FIT 5 CARDS

School of Strength

School of Strength is a fun, engaging workout video series that features WWE Superstar Becky Lynch, as well as Special Olympics athletes from across the country. The workout series is made up of four videos that focus on strength, balance and endurance.  Video one is a great way to start things off before jumping into the harder workouts.   The difficulty of the exercises increases in videos two through four, see if you can work your way up to the “Master Trainer” level.

Video 1: Welcome and Warm-Up
Video 2: Ignite Your Endurance
Video 3: Getting Schooled on Strength
Video 4: Boost Your Balance 

To use this resource as a full fitness program, be sure to use the supplemental Caregiver’s Kit and Coach’s Playbook.  The Caregiver’s Kit gives fun nutrition tips and tricks that will encourage your athlete to begin making healthy choices on their own.  The Coach’s Playbook provides insight on how to make workouts fun and a list of exercises athletes can do on their own.

Caregiver’s Kit
Coach’s Playbook

Health and Fitness Tracker

Setting both long-term and short-term goals is important!  It helps keep us moving forward and striving to reach our full potential.  Use the below downloadable health and fitness tracker to check off daily health and fitness wins and keep yourself accountable throughout the week.

Health and Fitness Tracker

8-Week Fitness Challenge

1st 7-Week Challenge AthletesSpecial Olympics Iowa challenges teams to incorporate the Fit 5 program into their schedules with the 8-Week Fitness Challenge!  This challenge includes a Fitness Lifestyle Pre-Assessment, 6 weeks of exercise and nutrition lessons, and a Fitness Lifestyle Post-Assessment.  Weekly challenges and fitness tracking devices provide for an opportunity to win prizes for building healthy lifestyle habits!  This program can be incorporated in many ways, including quick 15 minute sessions during weekly Special Olympics sports practices.  All resources will be provided and lessons can be customized to fit the need of specific groups and individuals. Direct any Fitness Challenge questions or registration inquiries to kneustrom@soiowa.org.

For more information about Special Olympics Iowa Fitness programs, contact:
Kara Neustrm, Health and Fitness Coordinator