Taking a break during the school day to fit in physical exercise or brain breaks is an essential part of any DE student’s schedule. Long periods of sedentary behaviour (sitting or lying down) should be broken up, with some suggestions recommending a 5-15 minute pause on school work every hour. These breaks don’t need to be long, but can help students to refocus. They can include:

  • Taking a toilet break.
  • Going for a short walk.
  • Jumping on the trampoline.
  • Having a snack.
  • Squeezing a stress ball.
  • Having a drink.
  • Doing some stretches.

Things to avoid:

  • Breaking up the school work day with leisurely screen time on the t.v. or computer.
  • High frequency of interruptions that cause the student to lose focus with school work.
  • Breaks that are used as excuses and avoidance.
  • Activities that might trigger behaviourial issues.

Longer breaks to fit in exercise can also be beneficial, with students between the ages of 5-17 fitting in at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a day. In Distance Education, our Health and Physical Education programs aim to get students up and about to exercise individually or as a family.

The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.  Isaiah 58:11 (NLT)

Esther Pratt
Director of Distance Education