There are many aspects of life that require us as humans to be sedentary in our actions, such as riding in the car, reading, watching tv, eating, working, learning, sitting at the computer, etc. Children are increasingly becoming victims to the sedentary nature of life as well. It is crucial that as educators, we engage children in fun exercises, teach them games, and provide experiences for them to develop confidence and sportsmanship.
Physical activity has a direct positive impact on gross and fine motor skill development, but it can also reduce stress and anxiety, strengthen relationships among peers, enhance self-esteem, and promote cmaraderie.
Physical education (PE) teaches students the value of fitness. It helps establish healthy habits for an active lifestyle while helping them practice moving their bodies and navigating the space around them in new and exciting ways. Through running, hopping, galloping, skipping, and leaping at different speeds and in different directions students are pushing their ability while gaining control of their bodies.
In addition to the physical impact, through incorporating physical education into children’s lives, they experience academic success and social-emotional development. Learning simple concepts such as to take turns, accept defeat, celebrate victory, and support a teammate all contribute to building confidence, humility, perseverance, and sportsmanship.