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60 Active Minutes

Should children be doing their 60 active minutes outside?

MOST YOUNG PEOPLE SPEND TOO LONG SITTING DOWN

Wh60 active minutesether it’s watching TV or playing computer games, most young people spend too long sitting down. This is called sedentary behaviour and increases the risk of poor health. That’s why all young people, or Tribe Members to us at Thrive Tribe Academy, need to be doing at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day in order to stay healthy. Active Tribe Members are happy Tribe Members. Even those not keen on the idea of exercise can find something they enjoy to accumulate their 60 active minutes over the course of a day, maybe through active travel to school or fun playground games.

 

MODERATE VS. VIGOROUS

It’s easy to tell how hard Tribe Members are working. If they can still talk but can’t sing the words to a song then this is moderate physical activity. However, if they are unable to say more than a few words without pausing for a breath then this is vigorous physical activity. Every Tribe Member should be doing 60 minutes of activity per day, this can usually be achieved by walking to school or playing in the playground. These are moderate activities associated with a raised heart rate and sweating. Of course, it’s fine for them to take part in vigorous activities too such as running, swimming or energetic dancing. These activities are associated with breathing hard and fast. All activity types count, so regardless of what types your Tribe Members choose it’s important to promote achieving 60 active minutes every day to help with different aspects of health.

BENEFITS OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

It’s so important that Tribe Members are moving around and having FUN! They need to do 60 minutes of activity every day to burn off calories and prevent them storing up excess fat in the body which can lead to cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Regular physical activity keeps the heart healthy, leads to better sleep and improved academic performance. All aspects of health (psychological, physiological and social) benefit from daily activity meaning Tribe Members can reduce their stress levels and risk of serious illness, strengthen their muscles and bones, and lift their mood if they’re feeling down.

 

BENEFITS OF GREEN EXERCISE

Why not get your Tribe Members to do their 60 active minutes outside? The current generation spend less time interacting with nature than previous generations, but we are all born with a connection to natural environments – young people just aren’t benefiting from it. As a recently published author on the topic of green exercise (physical activity performed in natural environments) in the International Journal of Environmental Health Research, I’m keen to encourage Tribe Members to do their 60 active minutes in a safe outdoor environment. There’s growing research demonstrating that outdoor exercise settings are associated with greater wellbeing outcomes due to the perceived greenness of nature. Early findings from green exercise in relation to young people also suggests that it could also be an important tool for enabling Tribe Members to achieve their 60 active minutes. Research has highlighted physiological improvements for children following green exercise compared to exercise alone and it may even improve exercise adherence too.

GET MOVING OUTDOORS WITH THRIVE TRIBE ACADEMY!

It’s so important that Tribe Members experience the benefits associated with 60 minutes of daily activity, which could be heightened in outdoor settings. If you’re inspired to get your school moving, then we are here to help you achieve your PSHE health and wellbeing needs. All of our healthy school workshop packages include access to the Marathon Kids programme, an exciting project that aims to give Tribe Members the opportunity to complete a marathon throughout the course of the school year by running laps of an outdoor course once or twice a week during their lunch break. The concept is based on personal achievement rather than competition – this encourages all Tribe Members, regardless of fitness ability to take part by running as much or as little as they choose.

 

Contact the Thrive Tribe Academy today if you’d like to know more about our exciting healthy school workshop packages.

 

Written by Tribe Leader Toby 🙂

 

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