Confidence

Belief in oneself and one’s powers or abilities; self-reliance

  • This workout takes approximately 10 Minutes
  • This workout is for students in Grades 6-8
  • Teacher Resources

Move

  • Type:  Strength
  • Excercise:  Planks
  • Target:  Core + Shoulders
  • Equipment:  Chair
Workout guide

Steps

1. Stand in NaliniKIDS posture
2. Place your hands shoulder width apart on a chair with a firm grip
3. Raise your heels up and walk your feet back enough so that you are leaning into the chair
4. Make sure the weight of your body is in your hands, to avoid pushing the chair forward
5. Squeeze your glutes, tighten your abs, and keep your back flat
6. Tuck your hips under as you pull your abs in more
7. Pull your shoulders back and keep your head up, eyes focused forward (form a straight line with your body from the top of your head to your heels)

Sequence

– 10 leg lifts (left leg only)
– 5 second hold (left leg up)
– 10 leg lifts (right leg only)
– 5 second hold (right leg up)
– 10 second hold (plank position)

Modification

If you have wrist discomfort or pain:
– Turn your palms out
– If the pain persists, use the floor and do the plank on your forearms without any variations (only do the hold sequence!)

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 Confidence mean to you in this moment?

Self-Connection

Past

Describe a time in your life when you felt completely confident being yourself.

Present

Identify some things that you love about yourself, and explain why.

Future

Describe something that makes you unique that you want to maintain for the rest of your life.

Real-World Connection

Family

In your family, who makes you feel confident, and why?

Learning Environment

In what type of learning environment do you feel most confident? Why?

Community

Identify a community that you belong to and discuss why you feel proud to be a part of this community.

Academic Connection

ELA

Write an essay, song or poem using this topic sentence: “I am special because…”

Social Studies

How can a person’s cultural identity contribute to their confidence?

STEM

Reflect on how you are feeling about yourself today, and create a pie chart that accurately represents each of the words you selected. Assign percentages to each word, with the chart totaling 100%. Note: Your chart does not need to include CONFIDENCE, if that is not how you are feeling today.

Fun Fact

A confident 17-year-old Jackie Mitchell, one of the first female pitchers in professional baseball, struck out both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in 1931.