Empathy

The feeling that you understand and share another person's experiences and emotions

  • This workout takes approximately 10 Minutes
  • This workout is for students in Grades PK-1
  • Teacher Resources

Move

  • Type:  Cardio
  • Excercise:  Standing March
  • Target:  Total Body + Warm-Up
  • Equipment:  None
Workout guide

Steps

1. Stand in NaliniKIDS posture
2. Raise your right knee up toward your chest and then lower your leg back down
3. Repeat on your left side
4. Continue marching, and then add your arms to the movement
5. Reach your arms up toward the ceiling, then pull your elbows down toward your lifted knee, twisting your upper body slightly (don’t twist your lower body!)
6. Keep your lower body marching as your upper body switches from side to side (coordination is key in this exercise!)

Sequence

– 10 second march (approx. 10 marches)
– 10 second march (add arms)

Modification

If you’re having trouble with coordination or maintaining proper posture:
– March in place without lifting your arms with your legs

Reflect

You can customize the reflection prompts to meet the needs of your students and your time constraints. Create a unique workout experience every time you return to this lesson by choosing different prompts — each workout can reveal something new for students!

Icon of a body with vibration lines on the sides of it.

How does your body feel after completing the workout?

Icon of a profile view of a person’s head with a speech bubble where the brain would be.

How does your mind feel after completing the workout?

Icon of a question mark.

What does Empathy mean to you in this moment?

Self-Connection

What makes you feel empathy?

Real-World Connection

What do you picture when you feel empathy?

Academic Connection

Write a word or draw a picture that comes to mind when you think of the word Empathy.

Fun Fact

EMPATHY is a psychological term about connecting to other people’s feelings.

Did you know that sharing with others releases chemicals in your brain that can give you a positive feeling?