Physical life for stress release

Sometimes when things are becoming overwhelming, students can stop taking care of themselves. Exercise is important; it not only gives students a break, but also releases endorphins.

Year Level



5 minutes


  • In class activity

SEL Competencies

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-management

Learning Intention

Students reflect on their current levels of participation in physical activity.

Key Outcomes

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

  • recognise the benefits of physical activity and the importance of maintaining an exercise routine.

Instructions 5 min

Ask students to put their hands on their heads if their answer is ‘yes’, or to cross their arms if the answer is ‘no’, to the following questions:

  • In the last week, have you been for a 30-minute or longer walk?
  • Do you notice that you feel happier after you exercise?
  • In the last week, have you played a team sport outside of school time?
  • In the last 48 hours, have you participated in a moderate physical activity?
  • Would you meet the recommended guidelines of 60 minutes of physical activity each day?


Physical activity can include walking the dog, going to the gym or playing a sport. It’s very important that students maintain an exercise routine throughout periods of stress, as it can help clear the mind and relax the body.

Suggest to students that they set some exercise-related goals.

More information for students: