Getting Young People Moving – What’s The Right Approach?

Scientific research* shows that improved levels of fitness result in healthier, happier and smarter children. It’s this scientific research that has underpinned the development of BORN TO MOVE™.

Les Mills BORN TO MOVE™ was created with a specific goal in mind, to get young people moving. By combining age appropriate music and movement we set out to inspire and motivate new generations and help them enjoy the increased self-esteem, wellbeing and health benefits of an active life. The BORN TO MOVE classes are underpinned by scientific research, which shows that improved levels of fitness result in healthier, happier and smarter children.

Les Mills has conducted research measuring the effectiveness of BORN TO MOVE.

In a Pennsylvania State University study two groups of children, aged 6 – 8 years and 9 – 12 years completed two BORN TO MOVE classes a week for six weeks. In addition, the University of Auckland carried out research on BORN TO MOVE™ with children aged between 12 – 13 years.

It quickly became clear that young people love the classes. Results of both studies revealed the participants experienced high levels of enjoyment and that the music and group environment were key drivers of this.

We could see the classes were improving attitudes to being active. The energy expended during a BORN TO MOVE class was equivalent to moderate intensity exercise and the classes had a positive impact on student’s self-efficacy to be active.

Parents also had an extremely positive perception of the programs – 100% said they would recommend the classes to others.

You can find out more about these studies here.

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