Physical Education is an important part of a child’s physical, emotional, and intellectual growth.
Some of these benefits include*:
- Higher grades. Studies have shown that children who spend more time being active at school may have better grades and do better on standardized tests. Experts believe that physical activity may help concentration and behavior and improve academic achievement.
- Better sleep. “Getting enough sleep is really important for kids,” Zenel says. “And being more active during the day is a great way to help kids sleep better at night.”
- Social skills. PE class and recess offer a less-structured time for children to develop social skills. “These are often the only times during the school day when children can interact with one another and learn to work out problems on their own,” Richardson tells WebMD.
- Lifelong fitness habits. Physical education classes help kids experience the joys of being active. “If we can expose kids to different activities when they’re young, it’s more likely they’ll stay physically active as adults,” Zenel says.
- Better self-esteem. Being involved in physical activity makes kids feel good and can help improve their confidence and self-esteem.