We’ve talked a lot here at Youth to the Core about why physical education and a sound knowledge of the science of exercise is so important for growing children. Unfortunately, many schools have slashed physical education from their curriculums and children are left to piece together their own information about their health and personal well-being.
We’ve discussed many of the ways that exercise science gives children a leg up in the classroom both here and here. Today we’re going to examine six ways that exercise science is important to growth both in the classroom and out.
1. Exercise Science Teaches Healthy Lifestyles
A physical education is one of the only ways that children learn how their bodies and minds interact with one another. It’s also the only place that students learn how to care for and nurture their bodies so that they can maintain their own well-being.
2. Exercise and Nutrition Defend Against Disease
Obesity is one of the leading causes of disease and health risks among children in the United States. The sedentary nature of many student’s lifestyles along with their consumption of high-calorie foods leads quickly to problems with obesity, but proper exercise and nutrition knowledge can equip children with the tools they need to combat obesity.
3. Help to Build a Stronger Body
Exercise and proper nutrition help build strong bodies, increasing fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination along with strengthening the muscles and cardiovascular system. A core strength workout like Pilates also helps to build a strong foundation for sports and other childhood activities.
4. Health Boosts Classroom Performance
Physical education helps to improve student’s classroom performance in a variety of ways. You can learn more about the specifics of how physical fitness and proper nutrition can increase classroom performance and even standardized test scores here and here.
5. It Can Improve Self-Esteem
Participation in sports and other fitness oriented activities can help young children build confidence in their bodies and their abilities. It can also improve their cooperation when participating in physical activities that require teamwork.
6. PE Promotes an Active Lifestyle
The lessons learned by young children in their exercise science and PE classes will stay with them throughout their lives. These lessons will provide solid foundations for children to participate in healthy activities as they grow older, and will aid them in maintaining their health as they grow older and move on from school.
The lessons provided by exercise science classes will serve students for many years to come and arm them with the knowledge they need to live healthy and active lifestyles.
Many schools no longer offer the proper education in exercise science that students need to succeed. That’s why Youth to the Core provides students with a custom-tailored curriculum to teach them all about how their bodies work and how they can keep themselves healthy.
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