My Activity Plan

My Activity Plan

The ‘Activity’ part of CAS is possibly the area I’m weakest on. As of right now, I have two activities underway: Nike Fitness and Pilates.

I’m doing Nike Fitness every two weeks in PE class. I chose this activity because fitness is one of the sport activities I sort of like, and also because I know that in Nike Fitness, I will be forced to do the work, unlike in some other sports where I can stand around and get away with doing nothing. I feel like I will benefit a lot from this activity if I truly try hard – my main goal is to improve my stamina and lose weight. I don’t really have any concerns, perhaps other than the fact that it will be very challenging (I’m not a very sporty person). This activity will push me to improve my stamina, because it focuses mainly on basic workout skills such as sit-ups, jumping jacks, running, etc. Individually, they’re not very hard to do, but when I have to do them all continuously without rest, it becomes very tiring. I get tired very easily, so I know that this will prove as a challenge. I think I’m most excited for the outcome if I work hard and succeed, since the activity itself is not that exciting or enjoyable. I know this intrinsic motivation will make me try my best in Nike Fitness, and hopefully by the end of it, I will have succeeded in achieving my goal and completing the following learning outcomes:
1. LO2 – I undertake challenges, I develop new skills: Nike Fitness will definitely challenge me and I hope to gain new skills in my workout routine. For example, a few weeks ago, I learned how to do basic boxing in Nike Fitness.
2. LO4 – I show commitment, I persevere: By showing up to every Nike Fitness class and persevering through the difficult exercises, I show that I am committing to the activity.

I’m doing Pilates lessons every week to improve/stop the worsening of my scoliosis. Through Pilates, I strive to gain better control over my muscles and my body – I learn how to walk correctly, keep a proper position, and do exercises that force me to control and strengthen my muscles. My physical health is the main reason why I do Pilates, since it’s not really something I enjoy. It is very challenging and at times painful, and I expect it to continue being challenging. The pain is what I’m most nervous about as I go to each Pilates class, but again, I am excited for the outcome. It is meant to lessen my back pain and to let me have better posture. Through Pilates, I am working towards the following learning outcomes:
1. LO1 – I identify my strengths, I identify areas for growth: In pilates, I’m always going to be looking for ways to improve my body, posture, and physical strength.
2. LO4 – I show commitment, I persevere: By going to Pilates every week, I’m showing commitment to the activity.

Since I’m quite dreading the fact of having to stay committed to these activities, this is a video of pretty much the only sport I like watching. It is of Aliya Mustafina, one of my favourite gymnasts, doing a gold-winning uneven bars exercise at the London 2012 Olympics. Artistic gymnastics is such a tough sport so whenever I watch it, I feel like I should probably be doing something productive with my life.

Below is the table that I plan to use for my activities. Because my primary goal is to improve my stamina and physical health, I will be measuring my heartbeat at the end of each session. If my heartbeat gradually becomes lower as I do more sessions, then I will know that I am succeeding and becoming healthier.

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I hope that by the end of my IB CAS experience, I’ll have a fonder outlook towards sports and activities, and that I’ll benefit from everything that I did.

Lido Lakes Residential

Lido Lakes Residential

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On September 21 – 23, our year went on a residential to Lido Lakes. Now, I normally hate going on residentials – I always have to socialize so much and put myself in uncomfortable situations. This residential demanded those exact same things, but surprisingly, I actually (kind of) enjoyed the experience. It put me out of my comfort zone and taught me new skills – from completing the exhilarating high ropes to learning how to do Scottish dancing. I had to cooperate with a lot of other people I don’t normally talk to for the team-building activities and I found that it was a great way to find out more about people that I didn’t know so well before. We’re all going to spend the next two years of IB together, so I felt like it was a great way of getting to know them a bit more.

My favourite activity by far was the t-shirt painting, because I personally love art and because I’m so much more of an introvert than an outgoing outdoors person. I painted something from one of my favourite books, Six of Crows, depicting a crow drinking from a wine glass. My least favourite activity was paintball, which gave me a swollen pinky and a slightly bruised head. Nevertheless, I am now glad that I had the opportunity to do it, since before this trip, I’ve never done it before. However, the activity that I’ll best remember doing is raft-building. I must admit I wasn’t much of a help building the raft itself, but I was one of the people who went out into the waters. It was much harder than I thought to work together with the other people in my team to row as fast as we could. We didn’t win, but it was still a fun experience – much more fun than I thought it would be.

Overall, I’m surprised to say that this trip was much better than I expected. I laughed a lot and felt I had become closer with a lot of new people. The main thing that I learned was that while I may not be optimistic or looking forward to something, it may actually result in an unforgettable experience that’ll stay with me for the rest of my life. I have to remind myself to stay positive and keep trying new things, because if I don’t do that, then I’ll never discover new things about myself. This will especially be an important lesson throughout the next two years. Both my friends and I will indefinitely have times when we doubt ourselves or dread doing an assignment, and this time next year, filling out university applications. It’ll be good to reflect back on this lesson and remember that if we try new things and stay optimistic, we might surprise ourselves by how much the experience benefits us, and how much it’ll stay fondly in our memories.

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Our raft team going out into the waters.

Our group united before turning on each other for paintball.

The front of my shirt.

Surprisingly one of the hardest activities.
Surprisingly one of the hardest activities.