Students learn wellness tips from personal trainer

Priscilla Bricker, personal trainer at Anytime Fitness in Strasburg, shows Amanda Ebenal's second grade class at Sandy Hook Elementary School how to exercise. Kaley Toy/Daily

STRASBURG – Second graders in Amanda Ebenal’s class at Sandy Hook Elementary School learned healthy eating and wellness tips from a personal trainer.

“When you’re moving, you are thinking better,” Ebenal told her students.

Priscilla Bricker, a personal trainer at Anytime Fitness in Strasburg, showed the kids fun and energetic exercises the students can do at home or with the teachers at school.

“Moving is really good for you. It keeps the blood flowing, it keeps your brain thinking and working, plus when you sit for a long period of time you get kind of lethargic, tired and your mind starts wondering” she said, “So it’s really important to get up and move.”

The moves she taught the class included jumping jacks, squatting to the floor then jumping up into the air, jogging in place and planking.

She told the kids that these exercise moves will help build endurance, strength and stamina for those who play sports.

“When we eat really healthy and it fuels our body, we can then build our strength and our endurance and our stamina. And we’ll get faster and jump higher and we’ll get better and better at our sports,” she said.

After being introduced to the new moves, Ebenal played music as students went through the moves again as they sang along.

The students also enjoyed a healthy smoothie made by Ebenal. Ingredients were kale, one apple, 2 bananas, blueberries, coconut water and mixed berries.

Bricker said that the smoothie has a lot of good things for our bodies. Apples and bananas have fibers and antioxidants, apples clean your teeth, and blueberries have antioxidants and healthy sugars to satisfy sweet cravings.

While students drank the fruit smoothie, Bricker explained why eating healthy is important for everyone.

She told students that eating healthy foods in a “well-balanced healthy diet,” such as carbohydrates, protein, fruits and vegetables, will help them become faster and stronger.

“If you don’t help your body, then how are you going to get better at sports?” she asked.

“We all want long, lean healthy muscles, as they help us run and jump,” she added.

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