In my class we’ve embarked on doing FUNtervals. They are high intensity interval type activities that include whole body movements. They are similar in principle to the type of High Intensity Training that athletes do, I use them weekly with the athletes I coach at Kapiti Powerlifting Club. The FUNtervals were designed by Jasmin Ma, and formed part of a study conducted by Dr. Brendon Gurd which examined the effects of an acute bout of brief, high-intensity interval exercise on off-task classroom behaviour in primary school students. I can see the merit in using them so have begun using them in my class.
Why could they help in the primary classroom? The number one barrier to being physically active is TIME. FUNtervals are made up of activities that last no longer than four minutes; can be done in a small space; and require no equipment. The research also found that they help improve behaviour in the classroom too. I’ve aimed to do them two to three times a day. I’ll feedback on how they progress.