I’ve been waiting to write this blog for some time now. Since I’ve been on Twitter, about a year, I’ve noticed that a lot of educators are actively engaged in fitness. My curious mind really wanted to know more. So . . . let’s get our WOD on. (Ask a Crossfitter.)
First, I created a Google Form and posted it on Twitter to get responses. The survey started with some general questions: job title, years in education, and types of fitness activities participants engaged in. Then, I asked some open-ended questions. The 45 educators that responded were candid, thoughtful, and extremely relevant in their mindsets. Take a peek at the first set of questions.
That's some serious experience! Seems like a pretty good cross-section of jobs in education. Notice the running and walking trends? And I really wonder what types of "other" fitness activities are taking place. Could be another survey.
Now let's get to the real meat of the survey. My first step in analyzing the data was to cut and paste the responses into a word cloud generator. Take a look at the most commonly used words and phrases.
The open-ended questions were super insightful. I honestly could have recorded any one of them here, but for the sake of space, I chose 6 from each.
#Why do you exercise?
#What impact do you think an educator’s health/fitness has on their job performance?
#Please share a motivational tip.
As we can see, we educators are pretty passionate about fitness. In a profession that requires us to be on top of our game, it's vital that we take care of ourselves. Whether it's a brisk walk, a Spartan Run, a hike in nature, or an intense weight lifting session, taking care of our physical bodies will enable us to maintain a healthy mind as well. As @RaRaPenquin wrote, "It's that little extra that makes the difference between ordinary and extra-ordinary." It's time, dear friends, to be extra-ordinary for our families, for our students, for ourselves.
A couple of great hashtags to follow are #FitnessEdu, #FitLeaders, and #EduHike.
And my personal motto, #HealthyBodyHealthyMind.
Live it out everyday because our kids are watching.
#HustleAndHeart, set us apart.
It's time to get fit!!!
Marilyn . . .