Joyful Movement The Power of Joyful Movement: Building Resilience in Active Children

Did you know that active children are more resilient? At Junior Genius Global, fostering resilience in children is one of our primary goals.

Recent research by the University of Basel has revealed that daily movement plays a crucial role in helping children manage stress. Regular physical activity boosts endorphin levels in the brain, which increases happiness and reduces stress. The good news is that incorporating movement into a child’s daily routine can be simple and enjoyable!

Power of Joyful Movement
Power of Joyful Movement

When designing our curriculum at Education from the Heart, our team spent considerable time discussing how to encourage children to be active. We were particularly mindful of the language we used. The word "exercise" can sometimes have negative connotations. For some children and adults, it might bring to mind unpleasant experiences with sports, associations with weight loss, or a sense of chore-like obligation. Language, we realised, is powerful.

That's why we opted for the term "Joyful Movement" to describe physical activity. Joyful Movement emphasises the fun and enjoyment of being active, rather than framing it as a task. This approach allows children to find joy in various activities, whether it's dancing, yoga, swimming, or simply playing outside with friends.

Power of Joyful Movement

As educators and adults, it's our responsibility to support children in discovering and participating in the types of movement they love. By encouraging Joyful Movement, we help children build a habit of staying active in a way that feels good to them, ultimately boosting their resilience and overall well-being.

Let's champion Joyful Movement and nurture a generation of resilient, happy, and healthy children!

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