Increasing student MVPA and Steps during class with this tip!
A HUGE strategy that I use to motivate my high school students is to play loud, fun and powerful music while they move. My student teacher and I recently did a study to test the impact music has on student motivation and movement. We used our FITstep™ Pro Uploadable Pedometers with our students to compare how many steps and how much MVPA time they got with and without using music while participating in the same exact fitness lesson. As you could imagine, the day we used music the students increased their steps and MVPA time significantly! Their steps increased by 16% and their MVPA time was increased by 12%!
The key, however, is to pick music that is popular with the students, clean from inappropriate lyrics and meanings, has a fast BPM (beat per minute), and has a powerful feel.
These are my three favorite websites that I use to download the perfect music:
- Instructor Music
- Power Music
- iTunes store/Genre/Fitness & Workout
Check out this great article on 7 Reasons You Should Listen to Music When You Work Out!