Have you heard of the daily mile?
Perhaps your children already take part in it at school?
Do you think it should be enforced in all schools?
For those of you who don’t know, the daily mile encourages children to run or jog at their own pace for a full 15 minutes every day.
A lot of schools have already signed up to the initiative, and I think it’s a great idea.
This kind of follows on from yesterdays blog post, The Reality of Raising an Indoor Generation.
More and more children are spending less time outdoors than ever before. That’s why I think the daily mile is a great way to encourage children to get back outdoors.
By encouraging them to run or jog for just 15 minutes a day, we can teach children that it doesn’t take much time or effort to be physically active. Plus, they’ll be able to see and feel the benefits of exercise both physically and mentally.
The great thing about the daily mile is that it’s free, doesn’t cost anything to set up, and helps to improve fitness and achieve a healthy weight.
Some parents have argued that they’d rather their school concentrate on teaching their children educational topics rather than enforcing physical exercise on them, however I beg to differ.
The juniors in my children’s school arrive 15 minutes early so they can do the daily mile before the school day starts. Even if it was done during school time, I hardly think 15 minutes out of the classroom is going to have a detrimental effect on their leaning. If anything, physical exercise has been proven to improve concentration, and surely teaching our children to look after themselves and to be fit and healthy is just as important as education, if not more so?
I always encourage my children to walk to school instead of being driven in the car. This also goes for when I pick them up from school. We’ll often walk home via the park so they can have a play before tea.
I also think setting a good example is important. My children know that I go running, and quite often they ask to come running with me. They’ve both also expressed an interest in running the 5k race for life with me next year, so I’ve promised that I’ll train them both for it!
Do you think the daily mile should be enforced in all schools? Let me know in the comments below.