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.

female-rowersBeing active after school better than homework for academic performance, research suggests

Research shows homework for young kids is counterproductive; kids benefit more by playing and being active at home. Why not advocate for more homeplay instead of homework this school year?

Study: Active parents have more active kids

New research from Statistics Canada and a report by the CBC shows that children benefit when parents increase their own daily physical activity. Likewise, kids are more sedentary when their parents are sedentary too.

The mental health benefits of free play

A recent article published in Quartz looks at why depression in kids is increasing, and examines the link to lack of free play. It offers up tips for parents on how to increase daily free play.

Research reveals reasons why kids aren’t playing

Kids today are not engaging in independent active free play to the extent that their parents and grandparents did, and there are myriad reasons why children’s free play has decreased over the years.

Movement guidelines for children aged 4 and under

These new guidelines outline the right amounts of moving, sleeping and sitting children aged four and under need for healthy growth and development.

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.

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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