Primary school students are far less physically active than in the past, mainly because so little time is spent engaging in outdoor play and more time is spent in front of screens. As a result, their capacity to learn in school is being severely impacted.
A landmark study conducted at the Australian National University’s Medical School has found a strong link between improved academic performance and physical exercise.
Professor Richard Telford from the university explains ”Kids need to become more physically active because of increasing trends for children to suffer from chronic illnesses such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. If children are not exercising, they may not have the optimum environment for growth of the body and brain”.
A Bluearth survey of 3,000 teachers involved in a student health program found 91% of teachers had reported that increased physical activity sessions improved their students’ behaviour and social skills. 98% noticed a positive impact in classroom work and 89% of teachers reported improvements in self-esteem.
With a growing up-take of schools investing in outdoor fitness spaces, a_space’s Fun ’n Fitness outdoor gym equipment is finding a new home in primary schools throughout Australia. It is age appropriate, robust, innovative and fosters healthy competition for students.
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