Health experts recommend that young people get at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day. That can be extremely difficult when all students don’t participate in extracurricular athletics and rarely do schools have daily physical education anymore. So teachers and administrators need to get creative on how to get those physical activity minutes in for the students. One important way to do that is by having structured physical activity during regular classroom time. It could be during the time that ordinarily the teachers are settling the students down or getting students back on task. Physical activity breaks can also be built in to academic curriculum time and actually enhance the students’ ability to learn. Research has shown that physical activity can help students manage stress, improve self-esteem, cognitive function and even test scores!
An active classroom can also be changing the physical environment for the students. Stability balls as the students’ chairs are a great way to automatically have students burn more calories, improve posture, strengthen core muscles, and improve balance. Teachers with stability balls for their students will tell you that they don’t cause behaviors problems either. The students very quickly get used to the stability balls and they don’t take their attention away from the academic lesson at hand. In fact, stability balls improve focus by keeping the students more alert. Standing desks are also another great way to keep bodies healthy and assist those students who need extra help staying alert and focused.
The Fuel Up To Play 60 website has many useful ideas on integrating physical activity into classroom time: https://school.fueluptoplay60.com/tools/view.php?id=15749467
Countryside SHIP is currently partnering with the following schools on Active Classroom projects:
Details on these and other Healthy School Projects can be found on the following link:
If you are interested in partnering with us on an Active Classroom project, we would love to hear from you. Contact Countryside SHIP.