School is back in full swing and so are the fall sports seasons. Right from elementary through to senior secondary, student athletes are demonstrating the link between mind and body by signing up, getting active and enjoying their sport of choice. Soccer, volleyball and cross country running seasons are all gearing up or underway, and coaches and athletes from all across the district are working at bringing their best every time out.
For over forty years Participaction has been the Canadian agency most associated with fitness Participaction encourages school age children to "take part in a wide variety of activities that are fun and get their bodies moving and hearts pumping. It urges parents to "Try to mix it up with plenty of different activities that your children and teens enjoy and give them plenty of unstructured time to roam, play and explore, with you or with friends".
Participaction takes a 4 S approach to fitness recommending people "sweat, step, sleep and sit" their way to a balanced life. Their website reminds us that "Preserving sufficient sleep, trading indoor time for outdoor time, and replacing sedentary behaviours and light physical activity with additional moderate to vigorous physical activity can provide greater health"
School activities can help with the sweat and step options. Whether a team sport like soccer or volleyball or a mass participation event like cross country running, staying active through daily physical activity and outdoor activities at recess and lunch,can help students run off steam, maintain personal fitness and be better able to focus and concentrate when it comes time to learn.