Why Children Need Physical Education

September 14, 2017

 

Physical education is an integral part of the total education of every child in Kindergarten through Grade 12.

Quality physical education programs are needed to increase the physical competence, health-related fitness, self-responsibility and enjoyment of physical activity for all students so that they can be physically active for a lifetime. Physical education programs can only provide these benefits if they are well-planned and well-implemented.

 

Physical activity positively affects several vitally important areas of health.

Steady amounts of physical activity will prevent obesity and will help to maintain proper levels of blood pressure. Additionally, physical activity will ensure students grow up with healthy bone structures as they continue their skeletal development. Finally, cholesterol levels will also be kept in-check with daily physical activity. As we all know, students who are physically healthy will be in school more often and absent less and will be better able to focus on their learning.

Strengthened Peer Relationships:

Physical education can be a major force in helping children socialize with others successfully and provides opportunities to learn positive people skills. Especially during late childhood and adolescence, being able to participate in games and sports is an important part of peer culture.

 

Physical activity stimulates brain plasticity.

Brain plasticity allows our brains to be more ‘fluid’ and ‘moldable’ so to speak. When this happens, our brains are able to make new connections as well as able to strengthen existing connections. The more and stronger neuronal connections we have the better able we are to learn and retain information. This obviously has huge implications for our students on how and when they learn.

Self Discipline:

Facilitates development of student responsibility for health and fitness.

 

Improved Judgment:

Quality physical education can influence moral development. Students have the opportunity to assume leadership, cooperate with others; question actions and regulations and accept responsibility for their own behavior.

Stress Reduction:

Physical activity becomes an outlet for releasing tension and anxiety, and facilitates emotional stability and resilience.

Improved Self-confidence and Self-esteem:

Physical education instills a stronger sense of self-worth in children based on their mastery of skills and concepts in physical activity. They can become more confident, assertive, independent and self-controlled.

 

Experience Setting Goals:

Physical education provides children the opportunity to set and strive for personal, achievable goals.