PHYSICAL LITERACY INFUSION: SMALL CHANGES RESULT IN BIG REWARDS
Physical literacy is the ability, balance, confidence, desire and explorative nature to live an active, healthy life.
Although physical literacy may sound like a skill developed in elementary school during physical education class, it is actually for people of all ages 1 to 100 who want to move and live well throughout life. The most unique aspect of physical literacy is that it takes a whole person approach to wellness that encompasses fundamental movement, skill-based mindfulness for self-regulation, and basic nutrition as the key building blocks to achieving physical and mental health.
Starting with the basics insures that people first acquire ability. Mastery of skills occurs with practice, which leads to confidence in one’s ability. With that confidence comes a desire to participate and possibly explore other ways to use fundamental skills. As a person progresses there is always the opportunity to build on the basics with more complex skills.
Why start with the basics? We have all witnessed a child who does not know how to play a game on the playground because he or she has never learned. If the child is not taught how to play the game it will become uncomfortable to try in front of others and may even result in teasing by other children. For most children an experience like this crushes their confidence and at some point if they are not taught how to play the game they will stop trying. The child who stops participating in physical activity by the end of elementary school because they lack the “know-how” and are therefore embarrassed, becomes the inactive teenager and often the inactive adult. A child taught how to properly throw a ball is much more likely to want to participate in a game of catch or even baseball. A child taught to hop and skip will develop a comfort with their body that may lead to a desire to dance or play soccer.
We need to turn the tide if we want to see the current generation of children live lives that are not fraught with obesity and the chronic disease that stems from it. Lack of movement and over-reliance on processed foods has had a terrifying effect on health and has resulted in skyrocketing healthcare costs. In addition, many children suffer from depression, stress and anxiety, and have few tools to manage their emotions and feelings.
87% of students who use physical literacy in their daily life report being more successful socially, emotionally and academically. Infusing physical literacy into the school day can also improve academic performance and decrease behavioral issues.
Getting started may sound overwhelming, but it is an easy path to sustainable change. Infusion is about teaching the basics, so that is where we start. Cost and time effective online professional development courses and tools make it possible for anyone to learn and teach the basic physical literacy skills. To make the greatest impact you will learn to create a positive environment that focuses on being a good role model and how repetition through practice leads to success.
Infusing physical literacy into daily life by teaching basic movement, mindfulness and nutrition can start to move the needle toward a physically and mentally healthier generation. Just like learning the a,b,c’s and 1,2,3’s, physical literacy is essential, not optional, in building capable, healthy, confident children. Click here for more information about how to get started.
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