Many long-term patterns are established during adolescence, so school is a key place to teach influence healthy habits. With few young people seeking help for mental health concerns, physical activity is one way to build a protective barrier against conditions like depression.
Our young people may know the benefits of exercise on their physical health, but are they aware of the positive effects it can have on their mental fitness? Alongside physical improvements, young people reap the benefits of improved concentration, engagement, and mental performance.
Simple ways to boost physical activity at school:
- Take small breaks between classroom activities where your students might do something physical, like jogging, jumping jacks or high knee marching on the spot.
- Take a dance break! Put on an appropriate song and allow the students to move freely around the room to the music.
- Take the class outside and incorporate hop-scotch or throw and catch while they answer different questions.
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