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: New Year, Healthy Me
We are excited to announce that we will be kicking off 2021 with an off-season training program. Team Fit: New Year, Healthy Me will focus on encouraging athletes to continue pursuing their health, fitness, and sports goals through the winter months by completing daily focused activities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
8-Week Fitness Challenge
Special 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Special Olympics Iowa Fitness programs, contact:
Kara Neustrm, Health and Fitness Coordinator