What is Physical Literacy?

Australians love their sport and we have a long history of sporting success. But we’re at risk of falling behind the world in our health and fitness because we’ve turned into a nation of watchers. We watch sport but not enough of us play it. We move and play less and it’s impacting more than just our waistlines. It’s impacting our physical literacy. What’s physical literacy? It’s more than just the physical skills that help us move. It’s the knowledge behaviours and confidence that motivates us to live active lives. Our level of physical literacy impacts how we think and process information. Our attitudes emotions and feelings and how we interact with others when being physically active. So it’s more than just exercise? That’s right. Physical literacy is about developing our whole self not just the physical skills like running jumping and throwing. Look, most of us know it’s important to be active. The real problem is knowing where to start and having the confidence and motivation to maintain an active lifestyle because we know it’s good for us. Isn’t this mess is just for lazy people? No it’s for everyone. Increasing your knowledge and physical skills helps you develop the confidence to solve problems and gives you motivation to take action. So what do we do? Start by thinking about what you can do to improve your physical literacy and that of your kids. Help them develop their movement skills like running jumping throwing and swimming. Let them play and learn every day. Physical literacy leads to better performance in the classroom, greater motivation and stronger social connections. And it doesn’t stop once you finish school. It influences how we incorporate activity at home, at work and socially. By developing physical literacy and making daily physical activity the norm, we can set ourselves and our children up for active healthy and fulfilling lives. For more information, go to sportaus.gov.au

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