Entries tagged with “Physical exercise”.


A Minneapolis school used grant money to purchase exercise balls for the entire classroom to use. Used both as a desk chair and form of exercise they have become a critical part of the daily routine.

During my visit, several students told me that sitting on the balls while they work helps them concentrate. During the recent Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) exams, students begged Hartman to try to change the start time of the test so they could get their morning workout in. They felt it would help them do better on the test.

They are used for positive reinforcement, the kids will do almost anything to keep their balls. I must say this a pretty innovative idea for a classroom and it is great to see teachers really thinking outside the box to create safe and fun learning environments for our kids to learn in – and throw in some physical activity too!

There is a nice video that goes with the article but it isn’t embedable so you’ll just have to go look at the site for yourself!

From the Minnesota Press

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So running last week I hurt my knee. It hurt like crazy feeling like I busted it pretty bad and maybe needed surgery. It started on Thursday at Shadyside. I had to dodge this guy who was walking and in trying to get out of my way stepped right into my path (ugh). It felt fine, when I started running on Saturday it hurt a little bit, but what doesn’t hurt? So I kept running. About 3/4 through it started hurting more, so I stopped, no sense getting hurt before the mini-marathon. After stretching it hurt to walk up the steps to my pad, so I iced and went on my merry way. Christy and I hung out all day with me gimpping along. The pain subsided only slightly by Monday, so I went to Indiana orthopedic Center, Anderson and had it looked at (thinking a torn meniscus or something) Doc Jones said I had “Patellar Tracking Disorder” and looking at WebMD this accurately describes my feeling:

“A dull ache under, around, and/or at the outer edges of the kneecap. Pain can occur during physical activity. Current research suggests that the pain may be due to the contact and pressure of the malaligned kneecap on the underlying thighbone. Pressure, and therefore pain, are greatest when the knee is bent at 30 to 90 degrees.”

Except I don’t know if I’d say it was a dull ache! So I’m wearing a brace for awhile, and hanging out to see how I feel for the Mini. I should still do fine, ice and rest, and do some elliptical training. What a crazy weekend!! I’m very pleased that I’m fine, but it definitely hurt a lot!

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