Physical activity — and getting the recommended amount (at least 60 minutes daily for kids and teens) — can help students feel their best right now and stay healthier in the long run. There are five types of Physical Activity Plays. Take a look at the ideas below and see which might be a good fit for your school.
Make the Most of Mornings
Help students (and adults) kick off the morning with some physical activity that can help support better concentration and overall learning! These Plays include schoolwide clubs for walking, running or biking, classes like yoga and more.
Physical Activity: Anywhere, Anytime!
Build awareness of the benefits of physical activity and look for spaces, times and places where students can be active. These strategies include dance games, activity courses, reorganizing the playground and even a “create your own fitness center” plan.
You can be active in short bursts throughout the day and then look for opportunities to be active for longer periods before and after school. These activities include afterschool fitness and football drills, dance clubs, family activity ideas and even developing an intramural sports program.
Take a Break for Health
Studies show that taking short breaks during the school day to stretch, get some cardio exercise or do other physical activities may actually improve classroom performance and readiness. These Plays include in-class physical activity breaks, promotional information to keep physical activity top of mind, and monthly or weekly challenges to make sure the changes last long-term.
NFL PLAY 60!
NFL PLAY 60 is a national youth health and fitness campaign focused on increasing the wellness of young fans by encouraging them to be active for at least 60 minutes a day. Ideas include NFL Flag Football, challenges for and against real NFL players, ways to get teachers involved as role models and even a homework challenge.