Stretching is a simple stress-release activity. Stretching increases the blood flow to muscles, which helps release tension. Students can stretch sitting at their desks or while moving around.
- Students practise stretching to relieve tension.
By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:
- recognise the benefits of stretching to relieve tension
- know simple stretches to use in their own time.
Instructions 5 min
- Ask students to move into a space where they feel comfortable.
- Demonstrate a simple stretch – for example, stretching arms above the head as if reaching for the sky.
- Ask students what other stretches they know. Alternate around the class, with students demonstrating and the remainder of the class following.
- Hold stretches for 20 seconds.
- Now ask students to sit at their desks.
- Repeat any stretches that can be completed while sitting down – for example, reaching as far forward as possible.
- How can stretching be used to relieve stress?
- Could stretching be used as a strategy during an exam?
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