The Daily Mile At Home
Being active shouldn’t stop at home. Join the movement to keep our kids healthy with The #DailyMileAtHome.
Remember to stay safe and keep others healthy by following your local health guidelines.Read on below
Why Do Parents Need The Daily Mile At Home?
What is The Daily Mile At Home?
The #DailyMileAtHome is simple, free, all inclusive, and effective. No special equipment is required. No memberships are needed. It’s just a pledge to spend 15 minutes each day running or jogging.
According to recent studies, roughly 70% of parents are concerned for their child’s mental health. In addition to improved physical health, and mental focus, friends and families who run together also see the benefit of building better memories and spending time with one another. The My Daily Mile Journal of Joy has great activities for kids to help improve self esteem and mental health. Print the Journal at home for your child to use today! Also available in Spanish!
Anyone can join movement including you, your family, your dog (The Daily Mile is pet-friendly!), your neighbors, your friends from church, home-schooled children, and daycare centers.
When the time is right and schools adjust to the “new normal,” please consider helping to bring The Daily Mile to your child’s school. Learn more about how you can change lives, boost your resume, network, and have fun by becoming a Daily Mile Champion.
Be sure to also check out The Daily Mile’s sister programs! Mission: Kids Fit For Life provides kid-friendly, Special Agent Missions that teach children how to live a healthy and active lifestyle! Adults can head over to The Daily Mile Fit for Life and pledge to take the first steps to leading a more active life as well!
The Daily Mile At Home and Remote Learning
As we gear up for the 2020-2021 school year, many districts are offering parents a choice to keep their kids home. Remote learning delivers a curriculum to children by teachers through online learning programs. The transition to this new learning model can be stressful for both children and parents. In addition, the hours of workload will no doubt have children searching for a daily brain break. Luckily, The Daily Mile is a free, all-inclusive program that families can start at home today as part of their remote learning program. The Daily Mile gets kids outside to run, jog, or walk for just 15-minutes, and the benefits are simply amazing …
- Improved focus, concentration and behavior by providing a 15-minute brain break
- Improved communication – The short exercise offers opportunity for quality side-by-side conversations between parents and children. Click here for some conversation topic ideas!
- Improved physical health – The Daily Mile helps children meet the recommendations for daily physical activity
- Avoid arguments – The 15-minute goal takes the guesswork, arguments, and debate out of the equation. Everyone in the family can agree on this quick, fun break!
Studies suggest that it takes about 21 days to form a habit. Join the movement, and try The Daily Mile for 21 days to experience the benefits for yourself and your family!
The Daily Mile At Home and COVID-19
The Daily Mile is safe for families to participate in, so long as they practice safe social distancing while outside the home. Always adhere to government guidelines by staying six feet apart (about two arms’ length) from other people outside of your household. After you return to your home, be sure to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. If you or your child is sick, be sure to stay home. The Daily Mile can wait until you’re feeling well again! Learn more about staying safe and healthy at cdc.gov/covid19
How do I get my family to join The Daily Mile At Home movement?
Here are some fun and simple tips to encourage your family to join the #DailyMileAtHome movement today!
- Start a running log: A small notebook works great. Include dates, times, and distances. Track each family member’s progress!
- Offering an incentive: It doesn’t have to be an expensive gift … maybe an extra 30 minutes of screen-time, or letting them pick dinner. Offer something special to your family.
- Play “I Spot” with your family: Assign points to objects and use mental math to keep track for an extra brain booster during your daily run! (Ex: Butterfly =5 points, Yellow Flower = 10 points, Shaped Cloud = 20 points)
- Let go of the pace pressure: Let each member of the family start off at their own pace and build up when you all start running. Support each other along the way!
- Change up your routine: Try an early morning or evening run. Run in a new place. Change the pace. Play a new game! Make it fun and interesting!
- Invest in some new running gear: Investing in new gear doesn’t have to be expensive or just about shoes. Try a new pair of shorts or a new running shirt. Think of things your family will want an excuse to use or wear and have fun!
The #DailyMileAtHome Challenges
Throughout the year, The Daily Mile will prepare fun, educational, family-friendly challenges that you can do at home to stay active and healthy! We love seeing your #DailyMileAtHome photos and videos on social media, so be sure use the hashtag above and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
See below for a list of our past challenges, and check back soon for new challenges each season!
How do I get The Daily Mile at my child’s school?
If you would like your child’s school to consider doing The Daily Mile, we encourage you to reach out to them! We can provide the help and support to get the school(s) started and are always excited to bring more schools into our global Daily Mile community. Check out our Resources page for informative, free tools that may assist you in approaching your child’s school about starting The Daily Mile.