Active for Life: The science behind physical literacy

Developing physical literacy gives kids the skills to be physically active. And kids who are physically active are healthier, happier, and more successful. Research proves it.

At Active for Life, we believe in providing parents with science-based resources so that they can make informed decisions about the well-being of their child.

From better mental health to success in school, active kids benefit in more ways than one. Check out these articles and the studies that motivate us!


female-rowersStudies show regular exercise will help you live longer

Studies show you don’t need to be an Olympian to live as long as one. You just need to keep moving.

kids-running-outsideStudy shows being active reduces symptoms of depression in kids

In a study, researchers found that physically active kids had fewer symptoms of depression.

child-takes-bike-to-schoolStudy shows exercise before school improves attentiveness in class

According to a new Danish study, exercise such as biking or walking to school can improve your child’s concentration in class by up to 60 percent of the standard school day.

A multi-ethnic group of elementary age children, playing tag together at the park, running outside on a beautiful sunny day - smiling and looking at the camera.

Regular physical activity builds healthy bones for life

Research shows physical activity helps build healthy and strong bones for life, which is why it’s so critical for children and teens to be active.

math_movement_learningMath plus movement equals better learning for kids

Researchers believe that when kids combine movement with academics, overall learning and concentration improves.

illuminated-brain-exercisePhysical activity while young related to better brain function at middle age

The more consistently active you, particularly if you begin when you’re young, the greater the likelihood that your brain function will remain healthy as you reach middle age and beyond.

female-exec-soccer-ballTeam sports for girls brings success on and off the field

A 2-year study conducted by the University of Wollengong (UOW) in Australia has shown that girls (and boys) who participate in team sports have an increased quality of life relating to their physiological, social, emotional, and school functioning.

children-running-outdoors_summer_612Sweat, step, sleep, and sit: The new 24-hour movement guidelines

The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) has produced the first 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth to provide recommendations that ensure kids find the right balance between sleep, physical activity, and sedentary time.

active-preschoolerOutdoor time as important as “academics” for preschoolers

Research repeatedly demonstrates that active time is crucial for children when it comes to improving mood and attentiveness, as well as boosting overall physical wellness and development.

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