According to the NHS children between the ages of 5-18 should be participating in at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Despite this, the children of today’s generation are the least active. Just one in four boys and one in five girls in England participate in the recommended 60 minutes of activity each day. Figures from Ofcom have also shown that children aged 5-15 spend nearly two hours online a day during the week and this increases to three hours a day on the weekend.
What are the barriers? Research has shown that children feel that there is little to do locally, with play parks neglected or are aimed at a different age group. Some children were put off as they didn’t feel safe in the public area. To address this The Trainers wants to make physical activity a priority for all children and young people, with practical solutions to make physical activity more accessible and appealing.
Physical activity is not only great fun, but it also benefits their health and wellbeing. Our wellness programmes are designed to allow children to try new activities, test themselves and to learn new skills. Group exercise is also a great way of developing social and emotional skills.
There is so much to be gained by encouraging children and young adults to be more active. Our end goal isn’t just about tackling the growing problem of childhood obesity, it is about creating healthy, happy childhoods that will enable children to thrive. It is time for a joined-up approach to supporting the health and wellbeing of children and to work together to protect the health of future generations.
What are the benefits?
- Daily physical activity promotes healthy growth and development in children.
- Children who establish a healthy lifestyle at a young age will carry them and their benefits for the rest of their lives.
- Improved levels of health and well-being for pupils through increasing physical activity are shown to have a positive impact on academic achievement, cognitive functioning, behaviour, concentration, self-esteem and attendance.
- Children with good health behaviours have lower absenteeism.
Physical activity has been shown to help children cope with stress. It also promotes:
- Healthy growth and development
- Better self-esteem
- Stronger bones, muscles and joints
- Better posture and balance
- A stronger heart
- A healthier weight range
- Social interaction with friends
- Learning new skills while having fun
- Better focus and concentration during school
FAQ About School’s Fitness Classes
Want to create a healthier school? – The Trainers can help.
Follow these 3 steps
1. Get in Touch – Fill out the form below to schedule a free consultation. We will then be in touch to understand your schools’ fitness needs.
2. Get Started – Meet one of us and we’ll create a custom strategy together to help your school to become healthier and fitter.
3. Get Going – If you’d like to continue with The Trainers, we’ll guide and support your school.