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High School is motivating students and staff to work out this winter.
Capan, a Grade 12 student at Grant Park, is collaborating with school staff to
offer live virtual workouts after school from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
started broadcasting the live workouts to its students and staff on Dec. 1
days a week,” Capan said. “Monday is a pyramid workout, Tuesday is Tabata
Tuesday, Wednesday is yoga, Thursday is CrossFit and Friday is plyometrics.”
the first time Capan has encouraged her fellow students to exercise. In the
spring, she was a Grant Park ambassador for Run For It (https://www.winnipegsd.ca/About%20WSD/NEWS/Pages/Keep-calm-and-run-on.aspx), a school mental health program
where students participate in mental health discussions and train for a long
“Run For It
really helped me with routine and over the summer my aunt started this one mile
challenge for 30 days, so I joined that as well,” Capan said.
virtual workouts, I wanted to help motivate other students to be active a
couple times a week, especially going into the dark days of winter.”
brought her idea to her phys-ed teacher Bobbi Milberg, who recruited Grant Park
kinesiologist Natasha Esquivel to help plan the program and workouts. They
brought the idea to other Grant Park staff members, who are helping to host the
virtual workout sessions.
been about 14 to 16 students who participate almost every day,” Esquivel said.
students are enjoying it. They like how there is a variety of workouts. Also,
we’ve been posting the workouts online after the fact, so the students who
don’t get home for 4 p.m. are still able to log on and do them.”
who has been participating in the live virtual workouts every day, said getting
moving is a great way to manage stress.
out looks different for everybody,” Esquivel said. “Whether it’s as simple as
getting off the couch and going for a walk or doing a couple intense hours of
exercise, I think it’s really important to let go, let your mind wander and let
out all that energy that we have.”
regular exercise is her go-to mental wellness activity.
workout out five days a week and it definitely helps to calm my nerves a bit,”
Capan said. “I know if I’m anxious about something, I can do a 30-minute or
hour workout that kind of resets my mind. I really want other people to find
that as well.”