As we continue our virtual school experience, the importance of creating suitable opportunities to engage with physical activity has become even more important.
The evidence is clear, children that move more every day have improved physical health, increased brain function and cognition and are less likely to suffer from health issues later on in life. With inactivity now one of the biggest underlying issues that our children face in the modern world, there has never been a greater need to help all children and young people achieve more movement each day, whilst reducing the amount of time they spend sitting down.
Physical activity is not just about aerobic capacity and muscle size. Yes, it can improve your physical health and your physique, but especially during times of stress, regular activity will improve your sense of well-being. It is proven to help you to feel more energetic throughout the day, sleep better at night, sharpen your memories, and feel more relaxed and positive about yourself and the situation.
Research indicates that modest amounts of exercise can really make a difference. No matter your age or fitness level, you can learn to use exercise as a powerful tool to feel better.
Because home working often lacks the formal routine of the school environment, it is really important to build physical activity into your own schedule. In addition to the Physical Education activities being set by your child’s teachers, perhaps you could also encourage active breaks, even 60 seconds of activity could help!