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The Daily Mile

The aim of The Daily Mile is to improve the physical, social, emotional and mental health and wellbeing of our children – regardless of age, ability or personal circumstances. It is a social physical activity, with children running or jogging – at their own pace – in the fresh air with friends. Children can occasionally walk to catch their breath, if necessary, but should aim to run or jog for the full 15 minutes.

The Daily Mile is all about improving the health and wellbeing of children. The benefits they gain are physical, emotional, social and mental – all from running or jogging, at their own pace, for 15 minutes every day.

Some of the benefits of the Daily Mile Include:

  •  Fitness, stamina and energy levels are increased .

  •  It reduces obesity and improves body composition – bone density, muscle strength, joints and cardiovascular health.

  •  Gross and fine motor skills are developed, leading to better balance and helping to reduce dyspraxia.

  • It promotes the idea of self-care with children becoming more aware of their own health and the need to take responsibility for it.

  •  It can benefit children with medical conditions, such as diabetes and asthma.

  •  Children doing The Daily Mile have the chance to create better health outcomes for the future.

  •  There is no feeling of being left out – it’s always 100% inclusive and all children take part, including those with special and complex needs.

  •  The children enjoy it and look forward to it – having fun, in the fresh air with friends, with a sense of freedom.

  •  Being outdoors, children can have those feelings which come through connecting with the weather, seasons and nature.

  •  It can result in children reporting generally higher levels of self-satisfaction.

  •  It can help to reduce feelings of anxiety and stress, with children feeling happier and refreshed.

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