Judy Murray, the mother of world-famous British tennis player Andy Murray, is calling for compulsory PE homework for kids. What a great idea! The suggestion arose after she recently backed a report called ‘Start Young, Stay Active’, carried out by ukactive, a fitness industry association “…committed to improving the health of the nation through promoting active lifestyles”, which took a thorough look at children’s health and fitness in the UK. The study highlights current issues such as childhood obesity and makes positive suggestions about how parents and schools can begin to work together to combat these problems and encourage kids to get more active.
The proposition suggested in this study is that the Government should introduce mandatory physical education homework, which to us makes a lot of sense. As children split their time between home and school, both parents and teachers have a responsibility to ensure that kids are fit, happy and healthy. By collaborating to achieve this goal, with schools creating and setting out of hours fitness tasks and parents encouraging their children to complete them, brilliant improvements could be seen in the health and happiness of our children.
As we all know, engaging in regular physical exercise has heaps of benefits, and ensuring that our kids stay active and excited by fitness is a must. As well as boosting our children’s health, exercise is proven to heighten energy levels and increase concentration levels; which in turn can improve their learning capacity. When we exercise our brain produces endorphins that make us feel relaxed and happy, so getting your kids outdoors for a run around is great for boosting their mood and reducing stress too. As well as benefitting the body, getting outdoors and active is a great way for kids to socialise and have fun.
So, how can we integrate play and fitness into our children’s schedule in a fun and engaging way? Well there are plenty of options to do so. The report by ukactive suggested a number of fun activities which you could do with the kids at home and in the garden. This included skipping, sprinting, balancing and ball games. Alternatively, for a more social and immersive experience, heading outdoors to your local park, playground or sports centre is a great way to build kids’ interest in fitness and have some fun.
At Caloo we are proud to support a happy healthy nation, and are already members of ukactive. Why not head down to one of our local playground sites and let your children run wild? Or how about getting your kids to try their hand at ping pong at one of our outdoor tables? Whatever you opt for, make sure your kids stay healthy, happy and active!