This Daily Mile idea is a win-win for us all
PUBLISHED: 14:13 28 May 2018
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Why don’t more schools take part in the Daily Mile, asks Sharon Griffiths.
Back in the olden days when we were all slumped three to a double desk in a class of 49 children, our teachers would occasionally turn us out in the middle of lessons and make us run a couple of circuits of the playground before resuming lessons again.
The theory was, I suppose, that it countered the stuffiness of the crowded classroom and woke us up a bit. Time lost on running round in circles was gained in greater concentration.
A similar idea started a few years ago in a primary school in Scotland. The Daily Mile aims to get children running a mile every day. Quite a lot from a generation far less used to fresh air and physical exercise than their parents and grandparents.
Simple and brilliant, the idea took off. Many local schools now incorporate it into their day. They report that children love it, concentration increases and it must be good for their health.
It is. A study this month showed that children who’d be doing the Daily Mile for some time are leaner, fitter and have more stamina than they had before.
Even more importantly, it’s got them into the habit of regular exercise every day. If they take that into adulthood, then we’ll all benefit.
Now maybe the grown-ups could start….
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