Run Club at Connect Charter School

The opening athletic event of the school year is cross country running.  While the season wraps up in October, we try to keep the running lifestyle and benefits alive throughout the school year with runs that start at the school at 7:45 am on the last instructional day of each week. We often venture to the Weaselhead and North Glenmore Park, and have been known on occasion to find ourselves at Lakeview Bakery for a treat. The intent of run club is not to set cross country records, but rather have students derive the benefits of running or other forms of exercise as strategies for physical and mental wellness.

Developing a balanced lifestyle that includes a cardiovascular activity like running has long been known to have long-term positive effects on physical and emotional well being.  At Connect, many students take movement breaks during classes to help them focus and control impulses. Such breaks may include a walk to get a drink of water or a few minutes of stationary cycling. 

Our weekly run club is an excellent way for children and adults alike to start our day and becomes an important part of their routine at the end of each week. 

All children benefit from regular aerobic exercise. Research shows that children and adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)  and executive function or self-regulation challenges benefit greatly from regular intense workouts. Research into treatment for ADHD suggests that children with ADHD can get additional benefits from exercise as they do from stimulant medication. One theory is that increased blood flow through exercise results in improved thinking, planning, emotional control, attention and behavior. 

If you or your child would like more information about run club or the benefits of running in general, please contact Dr. Butterfield, Mr. Bennett, or Mr. Avramenko.

People with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder have distinct differences in their brain structure, a new study finds, suggesting the disorder should be considered a neurological condition and not simply a behavioural problem.

“Since the publication of Spark in 2008, recognition has grown of the value of regular exercise for adults and children with ADHD. As an adjunct treatment, exercise improves cognitive functions, betters sleep quality, and boosts self-esteem.”

Why would physical exercise actually help kids regulate their behaviour? There are theories.

For one, Bowling said, certain types of exercise may help kids focus, and “direct the brain away from worry.”