Used selectively, short bursts of activity can break up periods when children struggle to focus or become fidgety.
Children learn better when they're engaged. And like everyone else, they weren't designed to sit still for long periods - movement can offers a chance for learning to be more fun.
Greater focus resulting from moving more allows for better pupil performance. Not convinced of the link? See details of this research from the BBC.
Better health outcomes
No matter how active we are at other times of the day, sitting for long periods leads to poorer health at all ages. Sedentary behaviour slows our metabolism and leads to a build-up of visceral fat, which can contribute to obesity, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers.
Boost to mental wellbeing
Moving more improves our mental health, whether it's through the release of endorphins, reduction in the stress hormone cortisol or simply by participating and connecting with others.
Builds habits for life
Being active doesn't have to mean you're good at sport. No matter their adademic performance, getting children to develop simple active habits will help them be healthier and happier for the rest of their life.