I am taking no credit for this post at all except to say that I think its a great idea and wanted to share it. It is a straight cut and paste of an article posted by Upworthy and written by Mary Rindlesbach. Now if only I could get motivated to do the same thing!!
Scott Ertl was reading a book while riding a stationary bike at the gym when he had an idea.
Like many busy adults, the only time he really got to read was when he squeezed it in while on an exercise bike.
These things are like the ultimate multitasking machines. GIF via "Reposessed."
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Ertl was an elementary school counselor in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and the experience got him thinking, "I bet a bunch of kids would find it fun to read while exercising...we could get some exercise bikes and give it a shot." The principal at his school, Ward Elementary, was on board, so he hatched a plan and put it in motion.
The experiment started with a single bike in the corner of a classroom.
The solo bike was so well received that Ertl knew they needed more.
He's got legs and he knows how to use them — to get his mind and body moving! Images via Read and Ride, used with permission.
With the help of Craigslist and garage sales, he outfitted an entire spare classroom with stationary exercise bikes.
Teachers signed their classes up for 15- to 20-minute blocks of time in the bike room, and students brought a book or picked up an educational magazine. The program was dubbedRead and Ride.
Movin' and groovin' — and reading!
The kids loved it, and they were reading and moving more.
The school wanted to know if there werereal learning benefitsattached to Read and Ride. Theycompiled datathat showed that reading test scores and proficiency were up — and the more time students spent in the Read and Ride room, the better they did on state reading tests.
Movement helps kids like these be more fully engaged in learning. It's a win-win scenario for everyone!
As an added bonus, these types of exercises are especially good for students who are, um, a little less gifted in the athletic department (*raises own hand*). Since the rider controls the speed and intensity, each student can set their own pace, and there's no scrutiny or pressure — and no one ever gets picked last. Score!
Getting smarter and more confident, one pedal at a time.
Most Read and Ride programs get their bevy of stationary bikes via donation programs. If you've got an exercise bike collecting dust in your garage, consider finding out if your favorite school would like to have it donated.