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Would you like your school to do the Daily Mile?


11th May 2018

A TEAM of British scientists are calling on governments worldwide to introduce a 15-minute ‘Daily Mile’ in schools to improve children’s health and fitness.

The Daily Mile involves kids taking a 15-minute break from class to do basic physical activity. It was started in 2012 by Elaine Wyllie, who was then headteacher of a primary school in Stirling, Scotland.

Her aim was to improve the fitness of her pupils by giving them a short break each day to run, jog or walk around the school grounds. This activity is done in addition to the school’s regular PE and sports classes. Around half of Scottish primary schools now have the initiative in place.

Researchers at the University of Stirling and University of Edinburgh have carried out the first study into the effectiveness of the Daily Mile.

The report looked at 391 children across two schools, one of which didn’t have the Daily Mile, and another which did. The results confirmed it improves fitness, reduces body fat and increases activity levels in children.

Colin Moran, one of the lead researchers, says the study shows it’s time politicians consider making this a compulsory activity in schools. He said: “It suggests that the Daily Mile is a worthwhile intervention to introduce in schools and that it should be considered for inclusion in government policy, both at home and abroad.”

Would you like to do the daily mile?


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dolfincake · 2 weeks ago

I do think we should do the Daily Mile in schools because It will increase the amount of exercise each day for a pupil who maybe doesn't have the time to do exercise at all!

darjap · 2 weeks ago

Yes, I think a 'daily mile' is a brilliant idea since it improves your fitness and health which may help to deal with the problem of obesity and other health problems.

dogspigs · 2 weeks ago

I already do the daily mile at school.
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dachshund7 · 2 weeks ago

I love running and i think it's a great idea! In some high schools, after you pick your GCSE's and haven't picked pe then you get one lesson a week so this will keep us fit and healthy.

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shreddeddo · 2 weeks ago

I would

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larabass123 · 2 weeks ago

I don’t think we should have to do the daily mile run because it takes too much time when we could be in lessons.

czesio007 · 2 weeks ago

I think yes because it would keep our school fit and healthy and we could raise money.

hobbes123 · 2 weeks ago

Yes it would be great to get more excise & would be fun too!!
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natalija · 2 weeks ago

Of course, this is a great idea as it keeps children fit.

popcorn100 · 2 weeks ago

I think doing he daily mile is a good idea as it keeps you fit and prevents obesity.

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epicvader · 2 weeks ago

First to comment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I would love it, as I like the exercise, but it would also let us have less lesson time!!

unicorn248 · 2 weeks ago

Yes because it helps be fit and keep active whilst helping the country tackle child obesity which is a big problem.

bobfm · 2 weeks ago

At are school we do the daily mile and it is great it helps us be awake for school!

pheebz10 · 2 weeks ago

I would like to because it will hep tackle the obesity problem and it is a fun way to stay fit and healthy

donutlove · 2 weeks ago

I disagree because maybe some children like running but others might have asthma or they might easily get stitches or run out of breath. Maybe this could be a choice for pupils I guess but what do you then do with the rest? Also this is letting children spend time running instead of learning. Though I suppose it kind of depends if your school actually have overweight problems or not.

cmi_hall1 · 2 weeks ago


I would like to do the daily mile because for some children it would be there only exercise of the day.Also, it would mean we could have a break for lesson whilst keeping fit.

sambrophy · 2 weeks ago

I think the Daily Mile is a great idea because it will keep children active and give them more attention in class.

izjoeseth · 2 weeks ago

The daily mile is a great way to be active and improve your stamina - as well as helping you learn better in the classroom!

ysiad1 · 2 weeks ago

We used to do the daily mile and I really enjoyed it. It helped me to concentrate more in class and it was also a good way to stay healthy . Many people really don't like running and they would just walk around but we should just have a go as it is only 15 minutes then it's over. Now we don't do it because so many people didn't like it. But luckily there is a running club that I go to every lunch time .

aamzaf · 2 weeks ago

Yes because it would help improve the fitness of my class because some people just sit down at play.

dolphindm · 2 weeks ago

Yes- I think that most schools need to improve the students fitness and health. It can boost brainpower and alleviate children from stress. Also, the Daily Mile improves fitness so you can actually start eating more and prevent disease.

If your school already does a lot of activities to improve children's fitness then you don't have to incorporate this but it could be very beneficial for students who don't get that much of exercise.

newsedit · 2 weeks ago

I think it’s a great idea and will help to get many people fitter and healthier.

icestarz · 2 weeks ago

Maybe! It would keep children healthy but also be tiring.

dancemunch · 2 weeks ago

Why not? Our school already does it but my class really only does it once a week and I think it's great!

satsuma09 · 2 weeks ago

our school does it so sad

rollersk8t · 2 weeks ago

My school already do daily mile and any time in the afternoon we go outside and run a track. It settles everyone if they are being loud and noisy! I love the daily mile!

holholster · 2 weeks ago

I would love to do the 'Daily Mile', because it would keep me and my class fit, as well as encouraging other people to walk to school.

ryanjm · 2 weeks ago

I'd love to do this to get out of lessons...and fun. Not when it's raining though!

samuel08 · 2 weeks ago

I think it would be cool to do it because its boring in class and if you go outside you get exercise and vitamin D from the sun

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emperor · 2 weeks ago

I don't think it is necessary to force children to do physical activity. My school forces us to run a kilometre once a week, in addition to sport and games. Some children would find it difficult running for ten minutes (myself included) let alone 15. For most kids, 15 minutes would be a daily mile but for some it would be half a mile, which isn't really the point but anyway I think it is wrong.

explorer12 · 2 weeks ago

Yes,because exercise is good for you and it would wake you up and get you ready for the day ahead.

skate · 2 weeks ago

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Pumpkin31 · 2 weeks ago

It keeps you fit and healthy!

zipling200 · 2 weeks ago

My School already does this but we usually only have the time to do it about once a week. So I don't think its the best idea because the school timetable is already very full.

bubble33 · 2 weeks ago

No, as making children do a mile a day might make them tired and distracted during proper lessons.

wren · 2 weeks ago

My friends and I have started a cross-country running club to do four miles every other day. It's great for fitness, for socialising and for getting out in nature. You learn determination and team spirit too.

itzzelz · 2 weeks ago

We already do at my school. We started when I was in year 4. It has made a very big difference with how healthier the children at my school are. Also it is better because the lesson before lunch is way shorter. We do about 20-25 mins everyday after break. The teacher collects on how many laps we did and we certificates in assembly.

n3rdzanoop · 2 weeks ago

Why would you want to do a daily mile?😒I think walking or any other transport would be a charm

ollasherwo · 1 week ago

i think it would be good to run 15 minutes a day it is healthier and you brain would have more oxygen for the rest of the day

tintin13 · 1 week ago

I think its a good thing to do .We do it in are school and its good fun!

yath-yath · 1 week ago

No, as many children will get tired easier and they won't concentrate during the lessons as most of them will panting for breath

shroomboom · 1 week ago

I think doing a daily mile is a great idea, because it’s very healthy for you to have a run in the morning and it’s only about 15 minutes, so you won’t miss any classes!

aim123 · 1 week ago

I think we should do the daily mile because it warms us up and gets us ready for lessons so we will learn and understand them better.Also it may look long but is actually quite short when you start running it.

dcfan · 1 week ago

I don't know whether I would like to do the Daily Mile. The good things about it are that it helps prevent obesity , it gets more people moving and it helps people get fitter . However,not all people enjoy sport,some people get tired easily ,so may not be able to get through it and the Daily Mile means people will have shorter lessons.

cherryishu · 1 week ago

I love running !!!!!!

I already do it at school!!!!!1

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mrriley · 1 week ago

We already do it

sisi · 1 week ago

I think we should definitely do it. It will help kids around the UK to have another reason to exercise. An one mile is a good distance to run, not too less and not too far. It may also help children focus more in lessons, as their brain is even more pumped up.

explorer12 · 1 week ago

No, because pupils would get tired and worn out and won't concentrate on work.

kawaiicat · 1 week ago

A 'Daily Mile' is a great way to increase your health and fitness so I would love to do it!

tabbycat29 · 1 week ago

It would help people get out and do more exercise. I don’t think people do enough excersise due to online gaming and things like that.

norensanz · 5 days ago

we already do it .its horrible

dcb10 · 5 days ago

I think YES because it would be good exercise and also be much more active than sitting at a desk all day.

uglypigeon · 5 days ago

No, because we would have to get changed in to our pe kits and then run and then get changed again it seems a waste, we can just run at break time!!

doctor2010 · 5 days ago

No because we could miss out on lessons and fail tests.

daisy101 · 4 days ago

We should as we can get fitter and also itb helps calm you down and get rid of energy that distracts you i9n class

Kids1 · 4 days ago

no, maybe once a week though.

koalalover · 4 days ago

I don't think we should do this in schools as it would waste precious learning time which could be used to do important lessons such as maths or English.

julio · 3 days ago

I think it would be good so that the school can do exercise together.