Short and fun exercise sessions improve class behaviour

Posted on November 4, 2014

Researchers found that a brief, high-intensity interval exercise, or a “FUNterval,” for second grade and fourth grade students reduced off-task behaviors like fidgeting or inattentiveness in the classroom.

FUNtervals involved actively acting out tasks like “making s’mores” where students would lunge to “collect firewood,” “start the fire” by crouching and exploding into a star jump and squatting and jumping to “roast the marshmallows” to make the S’more.

Each activity moves through a 20-second storyline of quick, enthusiastic movements followed by 10 seconds of rest for eight intervals.

When a four minute FUNterval was completed during a break from class, there was less off-task behavior observed in the 50 minutes following the break than if students completed a non-active break.

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Source material from Psych Central


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