A 2013 report from the Institute of Medicine concluded that children who are more active “show greater attention, have faster cognitive processing speed and perform better on standardized academic tests than children who are less active.” And a study released in January by Lund University in Sweden shows that students, especially boys, who had daily physical education, did better in school.
To maintain a basic level of health, children and young people aged 5 to 18 need to do:
at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day – this should range from moderate activity, such as cycling and playground activities, to vigorous activity, such as running and tennis
on three days a week, these activities should involve exercises for strong muscles, such as push-ups, and exercises for strong bones, such as jumping and running
Many vigorous activities can help you build strong muscles and bones, including anything involving running and jumping, such as gymnastics, martial arts and football.
Children and young people should reduce the time they spend sitting watching TV, playing computer games and travelling by car when they could walk or cycle instead. http://ow.ly/rwQL30c7lbP
The family dog could serve as a partner and ally in efforts to help children with disabilities incorporate more physical activity into their daily lives, a new study from Oregon State University indicates.
In a case study of one 10-year-old boy with cerebral palsy and his family's dog, researchers found the intervention program led to a wide range of improvements for the child, including physical activity as well as motor skills, quality of life and human-animal interactions. http://ow.ly/MGl630c7lbN
How physical activity affects a child’s academics
The likelihood of improving academic achievement by sneaking in some more activity far exceeds the risk of it doing any harm http://ow.ly/oOeb30c7lbL
"Despite not providing the full amount of needed exercise, organized sports are still beneficial because they provide structure, companionship and character-building opportunities, along with some exercise, Heinrich said. To help children get the amount of daily physical activity they need, Heinrich advises parents to make sure children have at least 40 minutes outside of practice to play freely.
Unstructured playtime can include visiting a playground, jumping on a trampolin...e, playing catch in the yard, hula-hooping or whatever activity the child enjoys most, Heinrich said. Benefits of unstructured play include developing independence, creativity, leadership, collaboration and problem-solving skills. Heinrich said parents can encourage free play by having sports toys -- anything from basketballs to flying discs -- readily available.
"Organized sports are valuable, but free play activities are needed as well," Heinrich said. "It's important to provide children with opportunities for both." http://ow.ly/5Hoh30c7lbJ
"Researchers have found a new, more accurate way to determine if adolescents are overweight, important findings considering many school districts label adolescents -- who tend to be more vulnerable to weight bias and fat shaming than adults -- as obese." http://ow.ly/99jK30c7lbH
"On average, the children were 4.3 months old when they learned to stand without support. The youngest was only 3.6 months old," says Sigmundsson. He points out that once the babies learn to stand, they don't forget how.
The study can provide us with more information about how we develop balance and the ability to control our movements. Practice also seems to work for the youngest among us. These children are practising how to stand. So they get good at it -- very fast and v...ery young.
You get good at exactly what you practise
"Children can do more than we think," says an enthusiastic Sigmundsson.
This corresponds to other studies Sigmundsson has conducted on mathematical skills. You get good at exactly what you practice, like algebra or equations, not mathematics in general. http://ow.ly/LqhQ30c7lbK
Calling all Pre-school teachers, Sport Coaches and Parents! Have you signed up for our next session of FMS Introductory Workshop on 5th June? Hear what our our past participants have to say about the workshop! For more details & sign-ups, pls go to : http://www.freeplay.sg/fun-start-move-smart-fms-introducto…/
Congratulations to all the participants who have successfully completed the "Fun Start Move Smart FMS Introductory Workshop" held in May 2017. Best of luck in your endeavours to help children achieve physical literacy & prepare them for an active and enriching lifestyle in adulthood.
Our next workshop will be held on 5th June 2017. For more details, pls go to : http://www.freeplay.sg/fun-start-move-smart-fms-introductor…
A new study finds that the duration and timing of lunch and recess is related to food choices and physical activity of school children. These findings could help schools make policies that promote healthier school lunches and increased physical activity during recess. http://ow.ly/OKHf30bitlb