So today I received a tweet on Children’s Physical Activity Guidelines and I thought it would be a great topic. So as I think about our youth today the two things that come to mind are childhood education and childhood health; two areas that are crucial for our youth and their success, yet areas where, as a nation we are failing to support. When you look around, the rate of obese kids, and the rate at which they are struggling in the classroom are up.
According to the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, children are recommended to get at least 60min of physical activity a day. This number is so low that it baffles me that schools are not incorporating this level of exercise. In fact, if they participate in physical activity during the school day I believe it will improve there concentration and enable learning. Kids spend more than half of their waking hours in a classroom, sitting inside, reading, and writing, things that are not “natural” for kids. Think about it, when they are at home, kids want to play, run around, and just be active do something, while doing this they stay engaged and energized for hours. Even when they get home from school, they either want to watch tv, play outside, or play video games, and again while they do these activities they seem to have plenty of energy. Yet, while they are at school, they can become bored, disengaged, they can even seem sluggish and/or tired. So when I sit back and think about it, even think about my own experiences, I conclude that incorporating a little physical activity during the school day may improve their productivity. For example, if you sit in an office all day, working not moving much, you may become tired and your efficiency may diminish, where as once you get up move around a little bit, or get a bit to eat, and/or even get some fresh air, you feel refresh and ready to attack more work. So, who’s to say the kids do not need that same burst to help them get through the day in a productive manner.
Allowing kids the opportunity to take a break, allows them to recharge, refocus, and give their mind a chance to digest what they have been learning. It gives them a change of scenery, and allows them to releasing some of the energy in a positive manner. I believe not only will it enable learning but minimize some of the disruptions that can occur as kids get bored, ultimately setting up a more adequate environment for the kids to become more successful, engaged, and victorious in the long run.