- Regular physical activity is associated with a healthier, longer life, lower risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. School-based programs provide a structured setting in which to integrate physical activities and instruction in good nutrition into students’ daily lives and hopefully develop a lifetime of healthy living.
- A broad range of games and activities, along with sports, helps children to learn that exercise is not merely running around a track but is actually something they can enjoy.
- Playing a team sport gives children the opportunity to develop critical life skills, such as problem solving, strategy and working together to achieve a goal.
- Children learn good sportsmanship and that there is more to sports than simply winning.
- The training and discipline required to participate in a sport helps build self-confidence. (Just as importantly, children learn that physical activity is fun!)
- Several large studies have found improvements in students’ academic performance and cognitive ability with increased time spent in physical education. The increased blood flow during exercise transports oxygen to all parts of the body, including the brain, which can help improve memory and reasoning skills.
- Children involved in PE are often less disruptive. According to Peaceful Playgrounds, “A new study suggests that a simple solution for the impulsive child is physical activity. Published in the Obesity Reviews, researchers identified that the brain controls inhibitory control which regulates impulsive behavior. The research also found a link between neurocognitive functions relating to eating behaviors and exercise. In other words, physical activity in school has a positive influence on impulsive eating and actions.”
The US Department of Health and Human Services provides guidance on healthy physical activity habits. Visit the CDC for a complete list of activity facts. And, the next time your child wants to opt out of P.E., remind him that it’s not just about sports, but about so much more!
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