Physical Education — A Must For School Students
Physical activity is essential for the well-being of every individual. It helps adults and children in various ways. Many parents are averse to the idea of their children playing or being involved in any sort of physical activity either in school or at home. Their idea of success only involves academics and excelling in the same. But they forget that ‘all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’!
It is extremely imperative that parents and schools understand and take this as their responsibility to introduce physical activity in the daily routine of children. With the advent of modern technology many parents have given their children access to gadgets which obstruct children from stepping out of their homes and being glued to phones, laptops and gaming consoles. This kind of lifestyles is very unhealthy and sedentary that leads to obesity, lack of physical and mental growth, fatigue and depression in children.
International schools in Noida, Gurgaon and Delhi have begun to recognize the importance of physical education and have started taking measures for the same.
Let’s look at some of the scientifically proven benefits of physical activity that help children lead a healthy and optimistic life:
Improves Physical Health — Physical education in schools benefits the physical health of students. It helps in combating obesity, reduces the risk of diabetes, heart attack, asthma, sleep disorders and other illnesses. Exercising daily also promotes muscle and bone development and contributes to cardiovascular growth. It teaches children the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and turns them into knowledgeable adults.
Enhances Academic Performance — Lack of physical activity leads to decreased concentration, lethargy and disrupted behavior in class as well as home. Many residential schools in India have made it mandatory for students to be part of at least one sport. Regular physical activity helps in the improvement of grades and increased ability to grasp.
Leads to Social Engagement — Children involved in physical activity are socially active. They like engaging and interacting with people and do not live in a shell. Playing sports or gymnastics aids in students developing a positive identity about themselves. It helps young people engage in volunteering, community engagement resulting in higher levels of leadership and altruism.
Develops Mental Health — Involvement in any physical activity facilitates better mental health. It eliminates anxiety, stress and depression thereby releasing hormones which help an individual to feel good and a have better sense of self. Physical activity also helps in getting rid of insomnia, provides good sleep, increases the flow of blood and oxygen in the entire body and removes irritability and impatience.