Physical and mental fitness

A person's mental fitness indicates their ability to think clearly and to make decisions efficiently and efficiently. A parallel can be drawn with physical fitness, which relates to the body's ability to function. During this lesson, students explore this relationship and learn how both mental and physical fitness can impact on overall wellbeing.

Year Level



60 minutes


  • In class activity
  • Online learning

SEL Competencies

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-management

Learning Intention

Students understand the concepts of mental and physical fitness and how they relate to their overall wellbeing.

Key Outcomes

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • understand the concept of mental fitness
  • appreciate the similarities and differences between physical and mental fitness
  • understand what they can do to improve their mental fitness, and thus their overall wellbeing.
Activity 01

Agree- Disagree: Physical and mental fitness 20 min

During this activity, students’ opinions related to fitness will be explored. Remind students of the importance of listening to and valuing the opinions of others.

  1. Fasten the five opinion signs in order (strongly agree, agree, neutral, disagree and strongly disagree) to a wall, allowing space between each sign. Alternatively, ask students to record their stance on the statements in their notebook.
  2. One by one, read aloud to the students the following statements. As they hear the statements, students move around the room to the sign that represents their opinion:
    • Fitness relates to being fit and healthy.
    • Fitness only relates to physical fitness.
    • Mental fitness is a type of fitness.
    • We can work on our physical fitness.
    • We can work on our mental fitness.
    • Physical fitness can affect our mental fitness.
    • Physical fitness indicates the BODY’s ability to physically function efficiently, effectively and without injury across a range of situations.
    • Mental fitness indicates the MIND’s ability to function efficiently and effectively across a range of situations.
  3. Invite students to write in their notebooks one thing they learnt from the activity. This might include understanding that mental fitness is a type of fitness, the definition of mental fitness, or that they can work on their mental fitness.