Health Benefits

The Daily Mile is all about improving the health and wellbeing of children. The benefits they gain are physical, emotional, social and mental – all from running or jogging, at their own pace, for 15 minutes every day.

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The following list is collated from our observations, scientific research, and the experiences of many schools.


 Fitness, stamina and energy levels are increased 

 It reduces obesity and improves body composition – bone density, muscle strength, joints and cardiovascular health

 Gross and fine motor skills are developed, leading to better balance and coordination

 Children are less sedentary, doing more moderate to vigorous activity

 Improves physical development in children from preschool age upwards

 It promotes the idea of self-care with children becoming more aware of their own health and the need to take responsibility for it

 It can benefit children with medical conditions, such as diabetes and asthma

 Children doing The Daily Mile have the chance to create better health outcomes for the future

 There is no feeling of being left out – it’s always 100% inclusive and all children take part, including those with special and complex needs

 The children enjoy it and look forward to it – having fun, in the fresh air with friends, with a sense of freedom

 Being outdoors, children can have those feelings which come through connecting with the weather, seasons and nature

 It can result in children reporting generally higher levels of self-satisfaction

 It can help to reduce feelings of anxiety and stress, with children feeling happier and more refreshed

 There is no sense of failure – everyone succeeds at The Daily Mile because it’s not a race

 Confidence and self-esteem are improved and enhanced

 It helps children to develop greater resilience and determination

 After running and jogging for 15 minutes, greater focus and concentration is evident in class 

 The children are often more settled afterwards, leading to improvements in behavior

 As it’s a social activity, it can help to build relationships and reduce isolation

 It helps tackle inequality – no child needs special clothing, equipment, money or transportation to participate

 It helps to close the health inequality gap between the most and least deprived children

 Parents can start to see the benefits at home, often reporting that their children are eating and sleeping better, as well as encouraging their family to be more active


...the strongest evidence exists for a positive association between physical activity and cardio-metabolic health, muscular strength, bone health, cardio-respiratory fitness, self-esteem, anxiety/stress, academic achievement, cognitive functioning, attention/concentration, confidence, and peer friendship.

Change4Life Evidence Review: Rapid evidence review on the effect of physical activity participation among children aged 5 – 11 years