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The Daily Mile

Daily Mile

 It is widely accepted that physical inactivity and a sedentary lifestyle are bad for our health. It leaves children at risk of developing a range of adverse medical conditions during childhood and beyond into adulthood. This contrasts with those children who are physically active: they will generally have better blood sugar regulation, improved bone density, less body fat, lower blood pressure and improved arterial development.

Evidence suggests that benefits go far beyond physical health. Regular physical activity, such as The Daily Mile, is essential for brain development, can help raise attainment and lead to improvements in social, mental and emotional health too, with participating children:

 1.       Feeling that they are part of the group, building new relationships and developing existing friendships

2.       Showing improvements to their mood and having a greater sense of self-worth

3.       Feeling less anxious and being able to control their emotions better

 The Daily Mile is made up of 10 principles:

Principle 1 - QUICK

It takes just 15 minutes with no time spent changing, setting up or tidying up. Transitions between class and route should be slick.

  

Principle 2 - FUN

The Daily Mile is physical activity in a social setting and must be fun for the children, enjoying the experience together.

 Principle 3 - 100%

It’s always fully inclusive – every child, every day. They should all be out together in the fresh air. Children with mobility difficulties should be supported to take part.

 

Principle 4 - WEATHER

Treat the weather as a benefit, not a barrier. Children enjoy being outside in the different types of weather, connecting with nature and being aware of the seasons.

 

Principle 5 - ROUTE

We use our route in the playground that is clearly set out and all run in the same direction. Only 2 classes out together at any one time.

Principle 6- RISK

The route must be risk assessed in order to ensure The Daily Mile is a safe activity.

Principle 7 - WHEN TO GO

The Daily Mile should happen during curricular time. Ideally, the class teacher should decide when to go out – they know their class and can respond flexibly to their needs.

Principle 8 - CLOTHES

The children run in their school clothes without changing into kit, putting jackets on if it’s cold or damp and taking sweatshirts off if it’s warm.

Principle 9 - OWN PACE

The children go at their own pace. Done properly, it’s not a walk children should aim to run or jog for the full 15 minutes with only occasional stops to catch their breath, if necessary.

Principle 10 - SIMPLE

Keep it simple. Resist the temptation to over complicate it. It should always be social and fun. From time-to-time, you may wish to connect it to the curriculum or do something seasonal, for example, running ‘Laps to Lapland’.

  • We ask the pupils to reflect in their daily miles.
  •  By doing the Daily Mile what have you done today for yourself?
  • What differences can you notice?
  •  What were you thinking about on your run?
  •  How would you like to improve your performance?
  • What are you going to find challenging with the Daily Mile and how are you going to overcome these challenges?
  • What do you want to get from the Daily Mile?

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