Why Students Need Physical Education

November 6, 2013

Health Article - Fall 2013                                                                        Joey Morrison


Why Students Need Physical Education


Exercise isn't only good for your body, it's good for your mind.  Students who are active have a tendency to perform better in academics.  Exercise helps the brain be able to focus for longer periods of time.  Students need to get be engaged in 45 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity most days of the week.  This will also help them stay in a healthy weight range. 

Obesity is a growing problem in the United States today.  Unfortunately, we are seeing more and more Kindergarten through 12th grade students falling into the obese category than ever before.  This growing tragedy is a result of two key factors.  Students are consuming too many calories each day, many of which are coming from diets that are high in fat and sugar.  The other main contributor to childhood obesity is sedentary lifestyles.  Most students are not getting enough moderate to vigorous physical activity each week.  In other words, students are eating too many calories and burning off too few. 

Physical Education is an environment that encourages students to engage in organized physical activity that helps students to understand the benefits of being active for a lifetime.  It will also expose students to a wide variety of activities that can help them stay healthy for years to come.  Considering all the benefits of being active, it is easy to see why all students should be in a physical education class every semester throughout their academic careers.