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.
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!
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
improving academic achievement
improving self-esteem, mood and behaviour
improving posture and balance
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.