Challenge all the family to get their hearts racing!
Get everyone in the family to measure their pulse for one minute (use a timer). This is called their resting pulse or heart rate. Note them down.
All jog gently to warm up, then to crouch on the floor and jump up 10 times. Take your pulse rate again and write it down.
Can your child invent another exercise activity to show what happens to their heart rate when they exercise? Draw a table to record their team’s heart rates before and after the exercise. What do they notice? Does everyone have the same heart rate? What else happens to their bodies during and after exercise?
Challenge your child to set up three different zones in your garden, each with a different activity for raising heart rates, eg skipping, trampolining, running. They could also set up a 'recovery zone' to allow heart rates to return to normal.
Unscramble the letters on the Heart Word Scramble worksheet to make words to do with the heart.
Try The Pulse interactive activity
Did you know?
The heart is the pump that ensures that every cell in every tissue receives enough oxygen and fuel for respiration (the release of energy that takes place in each cell).
Blood circulation then removes the waste products of respiration, including carbon dioxide and heat energy.
Sports people improve the working of their heart muscles through exercise, and so maintain a low resting heart rate. Their healthy hearts also have a fast recovery rate after exercise.
One definition of a person's recovery rate is the difference between their heart rate when they have just stopped a strenuous activity (one where they are out of breath) and their heart rate one minute later. The healthier the heart, the more it will slow down in the first minute after exercise. Sports people have very fast heart rates during activity, so their hearts have to be very strong.
These resources have been adapted from Wellcome Trust's In the Zone initiative at www.getinthezone.org.uk
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