Daily Mile expands to target adults

The Daily Mile phenomenon that has boosted more than 750,000 children's physical activity levels is expanding beyond schools and into workplaces. 

The Daily Mile Fit For Life is inspired by a pledge from the Scottish government to become the first 'Daily Mile nation' – encouraging childminders, nurseries, primary and secondary schools, colleges, universities and workplaces to take up the programme. 

"We want as many institutions and workplaces as possible to be doing The Daily Mile," Partnerships Executive Tobias Bruce-Jones told ConnectSport

"It's all about incorporating 15 minutes of self-paced activity into your daily life by doing a run, a brisk walk or a jog. Getting off a bus stop earlier and walking briskly into the office is a good example. We will work with organisations to help them introduce it in whatever ways that are most suited to them." 

Fit For Life is not about elite sport or exercise, it's simply about being in the fresh air in normal work clothes for 15 minutes. In that time, most people will average a mile or more. 

By focusing on the time of 15 minutes rather than on the distance, it keeps The Daily Mile non-competitive, social and inclusive, meaning everyone can take part at their own pace, regardless of age, ability or personal circumstance. 

Since its launch in 2012, The Daily Mile (founded by Elaine Wyllie – pictured above) has been adopted by 20,985 schools across 35 countries – equating to around 750,000 children walking, jogging or running one mile a day. 

The benefits of The Daily Mile were recently given official validation by researchers at Edinburgh and Stirling Universities. Their findings confirmed that it boosts activity levels in class, improves fitness and body composition with increased time spent active per day, decreased time spent sedentary per day and increased running performance.