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Doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving

  • This workout takes approximately 10 Minutes
  • This workout is for students in Grades 4-5
  • Teacher Resources


  • Type:  Strength
  • Excercise:  Wall Squat
  • Target:  Thighs
  • Equipment:  None
Workout guide


1. Stand in NaliniKIDS posture against a wall
2. Walk your feet forward a foot or two as you lower your body down against the wall (like you’re sitting into a chair)
3. Track your knees in line with your ankles (if you need to adjust your feet)
4. Make sure your thighs are parallel to the floor
5. Push your feet into the floor and your back into the wall
6. Keep your thighs and feet together, and cross your arms over your chest
7. Pull your abs in and squeeze your thighs as you hold this position (don’t forget to breathe!)


– 1 minute hold


If there are no walls available:
– Lower down into a chair pose and maintain proper posture (see ANGRY exercise)

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?

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What does Perseverance mean to you in this moment?

Choose from the additional reflection prompts below to customize this lesson and meet the needs of your students and your time constraints. Create a unique workout experience every time you return to this lesson!



Describe a time when you faced a challenge and persevered.


In what types of situations do people often show perseverance?


What advice would you give to a friend who needs help persevering through a challenge?

Real-World Connection


Describe a time when your family or ancestors persevered through a challenge. What was the outcome?

Learning Environment

Create a class recipe for perseverance that you can refer back to on a challenging day. Your teacher will post this recipe on a wall in your learning environment.


Name an area of your community that has persevered through an environmental challenge (i.e. wind, flood, earthquake, etc.). What was the outcome?

Academic Connection


What does the phrase, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade” mean? Write a story about a time when you made lemons out of lemonade.

Social Studies

Describe a time in history when people persevered through a challenge.


What are some of your strengths in math? List as many as you can think of. How can awareness of these strengths help you persevere through challenges in mathematics?

Fun Fact

Many leaders throughout history have shown a great deal of perseverance, and did not always succeed on the first try at something. Abraham Lincoln lost five separate elections before he became President of the U.S.