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The Active Mile and the Daily Track – A Quasi-Experimental Repeated Measures Pilot Study

Active Mile Daily Track

Designed by Rhino Play, the Daily Track is a safe, fun, and engaging way for primary school children to get active. One loop equates to 1/6th of a mile and is a great addition to any outdoor space.

Low levels of physical activity Active Mile Daily Track, high sedentary behavior, and declining fitness are global health problems and are associated with lower academic attainment in some groups. School-based interventions, such as the Daily Mile, have the potential to reach large numbers of pupils and may offer an alternative approach to increasing physical activity in the population. However, anecdotally reported benefits, such as improved wellbeing and cognitive functioning, have yet to be empirically tested in a controlled manner.

The Science Behind Daily Mileage Tracking and Fitness Progress

A quasi-experimental repeated measures pilot study was undertaken in two schools within the Stirling Council area; one of which had the intention to introduce the Daily Mile and a control school where this was not planned. All pupils aged 4–12 years were assessed at baseline and follow-up with accelerometers to measure average daily moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity (MVPA), 20-m shuttle run fitness test performance and adiposity measured using skinfolds.

The results of this study show that introducing the Daily Mile into a school setting is associated with increased MVPA, reduced sedentary time and improved fitness and body composition. It is a relatively simple, inexpensive, and easy-to-implement intervention that could have a significant public health impact. The fact that no differences were observed between socioeconomic groupings indicates that it has the potential to be beneficial to all pupils regardless of their background.