Auckland University LES MILLS BORN TO MOVE™ Research August 2012

The overall aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the LES MILLS BORN TO MOVE™ program on children's physical activity and physical fitness.

Data was collected on anthropometric measures, psychological variables (self-efficacy and perceived enjoyment) as well as physiological variables (oxygen consumption and energy expenditure). The evaluation was undertaken with two classes from Orewa College in Auckland, New Zealand, during Terms 3 and 4 (August-November) of 2012. One class took part in the LES MILLS BORN TO MOVE™ program during school time and one class continued with their usual curriculum and served as a control. Participating children were in year 8 (aged approximately 12-13 years).

The Findings

  1. The intervention was well received by students with almost all students rating the programme as enjoyable
  2. Exercising in a group and to music were key features of the programme for students
  3. The intervention had a positive effect on student’s self-efficacy to be active
  4. The energy expended during LES MILLS BORN TO MOVE™ classes was equivalent to moderate intensity exercise
  5. Almost all students (87%) viewed the classes as a positive challenge
  6. Almost all students (87%) enjoyed the musical component and the group environment

Skills and confidence

Young people are at their most natural when physically active. They feel good when expending energy and gain self-confidence from mastering new skills.

Improved Health

Today’s children lead more sedentary lifestyles than their parents did. The flow on effects are poor physical health, lower achievement and an increase in ‘adult’ diseases such as Type II Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Heart Conditions and Joint Deterioration.

BORN TO MOVE™ challenges these trends and seeks to develop positive attitudes towards physical activity in young people.

Better life quality

We all have a responsibility to improve our children’s quality of life and instill the importance of keeping active. And to do it in a way that feels natural.

The benefits include strong muscles and bones, increased cardiovascular fitness, decreased risk of disease and increased self-esteem.

Healthy, physically active young people are also more likely to be academically motivated, alert, and successful. And physical competence builds self-esteem at every age.

New energy

If you want to inspire your child to move this is a great place to start. They'll be so focused on having fun that improvements in self-confidence and energy will develop naturally.

If your child is already active, you'll find that BORN TO MOVE™ is a great complement to any existing physical activity.

Follow up Study

Fitology studio in association with Penn State University. Follow up studies to the auckland university investigation are to be conducted.

2 Groups of participants will take part:

  • 24-30 children age 6-7 years
  • 24-30 children age 8-11 years

We will collect anthropometric variables such as height, weight, and waist circumference and conduct physical fitness tests. Each participant will complete 3 LES MILLS BORN TO MOVE™ group fitness classes per week for 6 weeks. Every child will wear an accelerometer for five consecutive days during the same week before the 6 week intervention and after the 6 week intervention. The accelerometer readings will detect a change in activity levels on a day to day basis as a result of completing the LES MILLS BORN TO MOVE™ classes.

The instructor will administer a brief survey during the physical fitness tests as well as at the end of every class. The pre and post intervention questions will be focused on daily physical activity habits outside the group fitness classes, including frequency, duration and intensity as well as confidence, enjoyment, and satisfaction. The post-class questions will be focused on class confidence, enjoyment, and satisfaction.

The main focus of this study is to detect changes in attitude toward physical activity along with changes in physical behaviour as a result of the 6 week LES MILLS BORN TO MOVE™ intervention.