Submitted by jillian.walker on Fri, 09/04/2020 - 16:02
Benefits of Regular Physical Activity
We want all children and young people to achieve their 60 minutes of moderate physical activity a day

With children spending most of their week in school, it is crucial that the school environment has an active role in offering opportunities to promote a healthy lifestyle. Active Schools aim is to offer children and young people the opportunities and motivation to adopt active, healthy lifestyles, now and into adulthood. In order to reach all children, we believe it is important to offer an array of different activities and sports.

Barriers

In a digital world where children are spending more time looking at screens, spending less time playing outdoor, and we are relying more and more on cars, we are less active nowadays both as adults and children. It is therefore extremely important to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle from a young age.

As physical activity increases, risk of major illness decreases!

Benefits 

Regular exercise has lots of physical, mental and social health benefits, such as: 

  • improving fitness and energy levels 
  • encouraging healthy growth and development 

  • building a stronger heart, bones and healthier muscles 

  • increasing concentration

  • improving academic achievement 

  • improving self-esteem, mood and behaviour 

  • improving posture and balance 

  • lowering stress 

  • encouraging a better night's sleep 

  • providing an opportunity to socialise

      

Keep it fun 

Children (5-18 years) should be physically active for at least 60 minutes every day! 

This activity can vary, it be team-led such as football or basketball, joining a club or having lessons such as tennis, dance or golf. Or activities with family and friends such as a bike ride, going for a walk or swimming. 

It’s important to encourage your child and find activities they enjoy. This way your child will not find the exercise a chore and they are more likely to stick at it.