Movement breaks

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.


  • Wellbeing
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