Keeping with our theme of physical literacy, we came across this article in the Huffington Post about “Kids & Exercise.” It looks at the changes to activity levels as children become increasingly tech-savvy and more sedentary, as well as the impact of a diet based more on processed food.
So what did happen to ‘French Elastic’, hopscotch and the ball games we used to play after school? Are these games now extinct?!
Last Monday we published our first evaluation of our Impact & Change programme in schools, the Improving Emotional and Physical Literacy Study and put up highlights from this study on our blog. This week, we’re looking at why it’s so important for children to become physical literate.
Research has shown that being physically active later in life depends on an individual’s ability to feel confident in an activity setting. That confidence most often comes from having learned the fundamental movement and sport skills of agility balance and co-ordination - or physical literacy - as a child. Without the development of physical literacy, many children and young people will withdraw from sport and physical activity and are more likely to become inactive and lead unhealthy lifestyles.
A child who has not developed their physical literacy is likely to be disadvantaged throughout their life course. An inability to perform fundamental movement skills will restrict their ability to paryicipate in recreational and competitive activity, as they are unlikely to choose to take part in an activity that requires proficiency in the required skills. For example, a child who cannot balance will be disadvantaged when taking parting in activities such as dance, gymnastics, games and outdoor sports and is therefore more likely not to try them out.
There’s good and bad news about kids and physical activity. The bad news is that less than half of UK children get the physical activity they need. The good news is that we can turn this situation around. Here are three proven ways.
- Be a role model for your kids by being physically active yourself—and with them. Active parents have active kids!
- Make sure your kids spend as much time as possible outdoors all year round.
- Reduce your kids’ screen time. Screen time can take away from active time.
And finally ask your child’s school whether they have looked at the YogaBugs Impact & Change programme and study. They can get further information through the YogaBugs website – www.yogabugs.com.