The Daily Mile initiative
exploring physical activity and the acute effects on executive function and academic performance in primary school children
Morris, J.L., Daly-Smith, A., Archbold, V.S., Wilkins, E.L., & Mckenna, J. (2019). The Daily Mile initiative: exploring physical activity and the acute effects on executive function and academic performance in primary school children. Psychology of sport & exercise 45
This study is the first assessing the acute effects of The Daily Mile compared to continued academic lessons. The Daily Mile revealed no significant improvements in maths fluency or executive function. These findings question justifying the widespread adoption of The Daily Mile based on enhanced cognition claims. Nonetheless, The Daily Mile may provide 10-min of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, achieving a third of the daily in school recommendations to meet overall daily recommendations.