December 29, 2014 - USA - Experts from www.chinahomefitness.com recommends that children, by the time they’re 5 years of age, should engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity for at least 60 minutes activity per day. Children’s physical activity levels during preschool class sessions are correlated to the overall quality of the preschool and the availability of Indoor Fitness Equipment.
Published in the current edition of Pediatrics, the study revealed that multiple variables are correlated with preschool children’s daily physical activity levels. These variables include the preschool’s indoor fitness equipment, playground equipment, and the playground’s design and layout.
To test the possible correlations, researchers examined 43 randomly selected preschools, 23 of which also cared for toddlers. Only healthy children, 5 to 6 years of age, and their parents were invited to participate in the study.
Children’s physical activity levels were assessed using a monitor that was worn for 3 hours during preschool class sessions over the course of 4 weeks. Children’s monitor data was only valid if participants had worn the monitor for 3 full preschools days, with at least 3 hours of measurement – periods of non-wear time were deducted from the total. Participants’ motor coordination and anthropometrics (size and weight) were also measured simultaneously during the school days.
The findings revealed that the individual characteristics of a child (e.g., motor coordination, size, weight) as well as the individual preschool’s amenities are both related to children’s physical activity level. The playground’s layout and design also inspired fitness activities, such as running and biking on surrounding pathways. However, the characteristics of the preschool staff (e.g., educational level, age and attitude) did not impact children’s physical activity.
Interestingly, significant positive associations were found between the amount of indoor fitness equipment and Life Fitness Gym Equipment the preschool provided per child, and the children’s fitness level. The more fitness equipment and activities a preschool classroom has to offer, the better the fitness level of the students. However, indoor fitness equipment is especially beneficial because it’s often more accessible, both in terms of proximity to the classroom and because it’s not weather-dependent. Although these findings may seem obvious to most readers, this research information helps teachers and administrators plan to maximize student learning by investing in time and equipment for fitness activities.
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