Activity patterns of primary school children during participation in The Daily Mile

Hatch, L.M. ORCID: 0000-0002-0386-4926, Williams, R.A. ORCID: 0000-0002-1346-7756, Dring, K.J. ORCID: 0000-0002-9647-3579, Sunderland, C. ORCID: 0000-0001-7484-1345, Nevill, M.E. ORCID: 0000-0003-2498-9493 and Cooper, S.B. ORCID: 0000-0001-5219-5020, 2021. Activity patterns of primary school children during participation in The Daily Mile. Scientific Reports, 11: 7462. ISSN 2045-2322

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The Daily Mile is a popular physical activity initiative in primary schools, yet little is known regarding the activity patterns of children during The Daily Mile. Eighty children (10.4 ± 0.7 years) participated in The Daily Mile (20-min). Activity patterns were assessed using global positioning systems (total distance and age-specific speed zones), alongside heart rate. Cardiorespiratory fitness was assessed using the Multi-Stage Fitness Test. Participants covered a distance of 2511 ± 550 m during The Daily Mile, and heart rate was 163 ± 27 beats.min−1. Participants travelled the furthest distance, and were most intermittent, during the first 5 min (main effect of time, both p < 0.001). Boys ran further and their activity was more intermittent compared to girls (main effect of sex, both p < 0.001). Moreover, the highest fit children ran further than less fit children (main effect of fitness, p < 0.001). This study provides novel evidence of the nature of physical activity during The Daily Mile; demonstrating that children covered, on average, 1.5-miles and exercised at a moderate-to-vigorous intensity. Furthermore, boys covered a greater distance and were more intermittent than girls; whilst higher fit children ran further than lower fit children. In summary, The Daily Mile makes a valuable contribution to in-school physical activity targets in all children.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Scientific Reports
Creators: Hatch, L.M., Williams, R.A., Dring, K.J., Sunderland, C., Nevill, M.E. and Cooper, S.B.
Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Date: 2 April 2021
Volume: 11
ISSN: 2045-2322
Rights: © The Author(s) 2021 This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, which permits use, sharing, adaptation, distribution and reproduction in any medium or format, as long as you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons licence, and indicate if changes were made. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the article's Creative Commons licence, unless indicated otherwise in a credit line to the material. If material is not included in the article's Creative Commons licence and your intended use is not permitted by statutory regulation or exceeds the permitted use, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright holder. To view a copy of this licence, visit
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Date Added: 20 May 2021 13:49
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2021 14:24

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