Classroom Activity
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FUNtervals

Initiative Description: FUNtervals, a high-intensity interval protocol, on alternating days for 3 weeks. No-activity days consisted of a 10-min inactive break. FUNterval days consisted of a 4-min FUNterval completed within a 10-min break from regular class activities. The protocol, adapted from the work of Tabata et al. (1996), consists of 20 s of high-intensity activity separated by 10 s of rest, repeated 8 times.

Study Results: Off-task behaviors were reduced following FUNtervals. In both classrooms, the effects of physical activity were greatest in those students demonstrating the highest rates of off-task behaviour on no-activity days

Reference: Ma, J.K., Le Mare, L., & Gurd, B.J. (2014) Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 39(12): 1332-1337, https://doi.org/10.1139/apnm-2014-0125

Level of Evidence: 2 out of 5 stars Good