Meet Caroline G.! Carone Learning Student of the Week!

Let us introduce you to our student of the week, Caroline G.!  Caroline took Individual Sports through Carone Learning. She appreciated being able to work at her own pace and make her workout something she really enjoys, which also helps her stay consistent.

What do you like most about your Carone Learning course?
I appreciate that I can work at my own pace, and learn when it works best for me. I can also choose my own workouts, so I can do what I enjoy.

What have you learned in your Carone Learning course that will most help you in your life?
I have learned how to create a sustainable workout schedule that I can follow to stay consistent with my exercising.

How has your cFitness Academy instructor helped you with your course or your goals?
This class has encouraged me to start working out regularly and add fitness into my daily routine, which helps me to increase my level of fitness. Heidi Richards always gives thoughtful responses and feedback to my assignments, helping to guide my progress through the course.

Why did you sign up for a course through cFitness Academy, and how has taking this course online been beneficial?
I chose to sign up for an online course because I wanted more freedom and independence in my PE class. It has helped me to be in charge of my own learning and exercise.

Here’s what Carolines’s teacher had to say about her: 
“She is excelling in the course and submitting excellent assignments consistently. She has really tried to get into her exercise routines as well and make them a fun and regular part of her life. “

In Caroline’s Individual Sports course they are asked to make a sports magazine article. Here is what she came up with:

“Get Fit the Best Way Possible!

          It is very important to live a healthy lifestyle, and one component of being healthy is fitness. However, fitness can be dangerous if you do not do it safely.

          To have a successful and safe workout, you should start with a warmup. You should make sure to warm up before every workout. Without a warmup, you could get stiff, sore, or injured.  A warmup is important for many reasons. It helps to warm up your muscles and increase your oxygen consumption and blood flow, helping your body to perform better during a workout. Warmed up muscles are less likely to tear and a warmup prevents a lactic acid buildup, helping you to work out for longer. The warmup gets your body ready for the exercise, so it should be a lower intensity of the activity you will do. If you want to run, you should start with walking. It can also include mild stretching. The warmup should be about 5-10 minutes and increase slowly in intensity.

          After the workout, a cooldown is just as important as the warmup. A cooldown allows your body to slow down. This is important so the blood doesn’t pool in your feet and continues to cycle to all the vital organs. It is also important for cooling down the muscles gradually to prevent tightening, stiffness, and soreness. Once your breathing is back to normal, you should always stretch. Stretching helps to improve and restore flexibility to contracted muscles, and after a workout is an ideal time to stretch because the muscles are still warm, so you are less likely to get injured. Stretching should be static, not bouncing, and can be held at the point of tension for 10-30 seconds. Be careful not to stretch too far and stop if it is hurting.

          Besides warming up and cooling down, there are other important safety guidelines that you should be aware of to stay safe. Never swim by yourself because you could drown. Don’t exercise outside in a thunderstorm or other bad weather. When exercising at night, it is best to wear lightly-colored or reflective clothing and bring a flashlight. You should also bring a friend with you. Make sure to use the appropriate protective gear, like a helmet when biking or rollerblading or a harness when rock climbing. Make sure to stay hydrated, drinking before, after, and during a workout. Always follow the traffic rules, and be careful and aware when working out.

          If you follow these tips, you can have the safest and most enjoyable workouts possible. Have fun and be smart!”

Just as all of our students are unique, we think Caroline is pretty great and we’re proud to have her in class! Thanks, Caroline!