5 best playground markings to prevent childhood obesity
Exercise is great for taking a break, boosting your mood and – most notably – helping to build fitness and combat obesity. While teaching children to have discipline and perseverance in an activity is important, it’s easier to do this if your activities are interesting from the start. Here’s where we can help, by creating an active and engaging playground for your pupils. Read our 5 best playground markings to prevent childhood obesity below.
1. Mile a Day Playground Marking
Our Mile a Day Playground Markings are part of our range that is dedicated to get children more active. Complete with a Mile a Day logo stating how many laps of your playground make up a mile, the lines are available by the metre and in different colours. If you don’t want a traditional track, you can opt for footprints or dots instead. The track is probably one of the most direct ways of getting the children to exercise, and may work better for primary aged children but there are many more options if you would prefer a more subtle, fun-led approach.
2. Dance with Me 5 Stations Playground Marking
The Dance with Me 5 Stations Playground Marking – also available with 3 stations – is great if you have a small group of children. You can use this to get your pupils moving, as well as improving their coordination. Another advantage of this one is you can encourage the children to take on the role of ‘leader’ and create their own sequences. As the markings will be on the ground during break time as well, it will give the children another opportunity to stay active whilst having fun dancing.
3. Active Spot Circuit Playground Marking
The Active Spot Circuit Playground Marking has a range of activities, including both aerobic and strength exercises that will help children to work out more of their body during one session. Activities include lunge, squat, spin, star jump, hop and stretch. You can adapt the session based on the age or ability of the children, by including an extra rounds, increasing the amount of time each activity takes, or even introducing equipment.
4. 4-Way Twin Hopscotch Playground Marking
The 4-Way Twin Hopscotch Playground Marking is perfect for the playground. This four-way version means that multiple children can play at once, without having to wait as long. Plus, the twin variation has times tables on that are great for younger children who are learning their multiplications. You could even challenge the children to a hopscotch race! Just remember to keep it fun so that the children will want to play over and over again to benefit their fitness.
5. Basketball Court Playground Marking
Basketball is a fantastic sport for building cardiovascular endurance so with our Basketball Court Playground Marking, you’ll be well on your way to preventing childhood obesity. The competitive nature of the game will encourage children to try harder, focussing on the game rather than the fitness aspect. Children will also be able to improve their agility, hand-eye coordination and teamwork, which are the icing on the cake.
Which of our playground markings are your favourites and which do you think would get you moving the most? If you would like more information about any of our ranges or have some specific requirements you’d like to discuss, please get in touch with our team and we’ll be happy to help in any way we can.