Physical Literacy Blog

What is Physical Literacy? We at NAPL define Physical Literacy as the ability, balance, confidence, desire, and explorative nature to lead a healthy, active life.

Physical Literacy

Project Play simplified the definition to: Physical Literacy is the ability, confidence and desire to be physically active for life. At The National Association of Physical Literacy we define physical literacy as “The ability, balance, confidence, desire, and explorative nature to be active and healthy for life.”


Working with Steve Boyle -The National Leader in Physical Literacy and Sport Sampling, we’ve devised a plan for sustainable change:

“Food as Fuel” (good nutrition) is the building block of ability

“Mindfulness as Happiness”-Mental attitude is the building block of confidence

“Sport as Play”- Fun is the building block of desire


  • Fundamental movement skills
  • Locomotion
  • Object control
  • Body Management/Balance
  • Mindfulness


  • P.L.U.S.™ (physical literacy U.S.) teaches kids to take ownership of their feelings and actions
  • Focus on positivity- teaching kids to speak positively helps kids gain self-awareness
  • Teach kids to overcome their fear- confidence is when you’re scared and you do it anyway
  • Focus on what you can control
  • Learning to breathe-mindfulness=confidence
  • Be part of the positive


  • When kids feel good they want to play more
  • The outcome of ability, and confidence is the desire to be active for life
  • The success of learning and mastering a new skill gives kids and adults excitement to continue to try

The Mindfulness of Movement

  • exercise improves mood and sleep, and reduces stress and anxiety
  • parts of the brain that control thinking and memory (the prefrontal cortex and medial temporal cortex) have greater volume in people who exercise versus people who don’t
  • mental breaks in our days are key to performance and creativity.