Movement breaks for physical wellbeing.
Research shows that integrating physical activity into learning has the following benefits:
- renewed energy and increased oxygen levels
- increased oxygen improves focus and memory
- increased efficiency in learning
- gives brains time to process information
- developing social skills through movement
- enhanced academic behaviour and achievement.
Suggested movement breaks you can do at home
Students should seek permission form their parent or carer before doing any of the following.
- Stretching or standing for 5 minutes.
- Challenge yourself to hold a plank position for 1 minute.
- If you have a sibling at home, see who can balance the longest on one foot.
- Dance along to your favourite song. If you don’t have one, see if you can remember all the moves to “Hot Potato” by the Wiggles.
- Wall or chair push-ups are a good way to refocus.
- Go to your backyard (if you have one) and kick a ball around or sit and read in a shady spot.
- Ask your parents to take you for a quick walk, if they can.
- Move your workstation to your balcony or backyard for an hour if you can.