Exercise has the power to transform both our physical and mental well-being, regardless of age. Studies show that active kids are, in fact, better learners because physical activity helps enhances cognitive function; improving memory, behavior, concentration, and academic achievement.
That is why MILO, in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) and under the MILO Home Court campaign, created MILO Champion Habit – a nationwide online P.E. at Home movement that encourages and guides children to build better habits and stay holistically healthy. Made into a 6-minute instructional video which parents can access for free on YouTube, the initiative is led by MILO Champions Alyssa Valdez and Japoy Lizardo who demonstrate four circuit exercises to develop kids’ speed, agility, strength, and power.
“As we continue to move forward with our Learning Continuity Plan, it is important for us at DepEd that we enable Filipino families, as well as the education sector, with the right tools and resources so that they can encourage their children to engage in physical activities and become better learners at school,” said DepEd Undersecretary Tonisito Umali.
MILO Champion Habit was developed under the guidance of University of the Philippines – College of Human Kinetics (UP CHK). Revin Santos, an Assistant Professor of UP CHK and Exercise Physiologist, helped ensure that the drills were age-appropriate, safe, and can be properly executed in terms of form and technique for kids ages 7 to 13 to follow on their own.
“In terms of short-term benefits, children will get to enhance their metabolism, sleep, and attention because their source of energy mostly relies on movement,” shares Santos.
“Aside from that, they will get to improve their coordination, reaction time, and balance, which are movement patterns that will sharpen their skills in various activities.”
Ultimately, integrating exercise in kids’ routines ensures holistic health because it helps them build discipline, confidence, and self-esteem. These are essential to perform well in school and manage social situations, especially now that mental health is being given more importance as children are limited to stay at home.