Children of all ages should have a minimum of 30 minutes of physical activity during the school day. Students who participate in at least an hour of physical activity a day can improve their attention span and cognitive functioning, as well as maintain a healthy weight, sleep better, feel better and function better in school and at home. Make a plan to find a way to add 5-10 minutes beyond Physical Education and recess to their schedule to get up and move.
Regular physical activity helps children grow strong and healthy, build muscles and bones, develop vital motor skills, and even improve their immune systems. As kids get older, it can be a challenge to get sufficient daily exercise, due to the increasing demands of school and hectic family schedules. But, when growing children don’t get enough physical activity, they’re at increased risk for:
- unhealthy body weight and increased blood pressure
- diabetes and cardiovascular disease
- decreased academic performance
- poor self-image and decreased confidence levels