As physical and mental fitness is a key component for students to lead a healthy lifestyle, therefore including Physical Education in the school and college curriculum should be priority at every school in the United States.
Unlike adults, every student does not have the liberty to join a good gym or spend time on an adequate workout, so these few minutes during school hours is all the time they have for playtime and to run around the field.
In this blog, you will learn about the importance of fitness for a student. Let’s get started.
Importance of Fitness for Students
Here are some points explaining why fitness is important for every student.
Better Academic Performance
According to several studies, including physical education in a student’s curriculum can help improve their academic performance at school or college. Many activities for physical fitness are designed to engage the students with high levels of concentration and to inculcate well-composed behavior in students.
Many sports also help to reinforce knowledge learned in other subjects. For example, it is proven that students who concentrate on physical fitness in school are better off at social studies.
While many school and college curriculums lay emphasis on core subjects like Math and English, student’s feel pressurized to focus on these subjects and spend hours in the classrooms and hours after school to be constantly better at the core subjects. This means it is tapping into their playtime at school and even after school.
This can cause stress in a student’s mind and makes this difficult to focus in studies, it also triggers anxiety and other mental issues. All this can be kept in control with proper fitness regime and playtime in order to facilitate emotional resilience and stability.
Enhances Focus Power
As an adult, if you do not take some time off work, you tend to lose your focus power and it makes you distraught in general. This even happens to students if they study without a break and put their complete attention to books.
This is why physical and mental fitness in students is important, as it helps in cutting down the pent-up energy in them which only encouraged them to fidget around in the classroom, rather than focusing. With proper fitness, students enhance their capability to focus.
Physical and mental fitness plays a huge role in the moral and emotional development of a student. Usually, students who inculcate fitness in their school regime tend to have better team spirit and team values, and feel accountable and responsible for their own actions.
An idle mind of a student can go to many bad places, such as trying substance abuse instilling negative behaviors, whereas, on the other hand, students who find a hobby or a sport keep themselves engaged throughout their school lives which helps supplement the improving value system, instilling positivity in a student and around them.
Knowledge about Fitness
As students learn most of the things by observing others, they always need a role model or an inspiration to opt a hobby or to be a part of fitness. Physical education seems like a good way to teach the students about why fitness is so important on daily basis and introduce them to a wide range of exercises.
By doing this, you are not only increasing the knowledge base of students about the important of fitness in their lives, but also making them fall in love with the idea of participating in physical activities to spice up the fun element in their school life.
More Socially Active
Students who adopt fitness in their daily school/college life are more social in general. They do not shy away from conversations or interacting with teachers, other kids or adults. At a very young age, they lean cooperation and the power of team spirit through several group activities.
They develop their own sense of identity and grow as a more socially-likeable person in their lives. As students get the opportunity to take leadership roles in sports activities, they instill positivity and leadership skills very early in life.
Beneficial for Health
Nutrition is a key element of physical education and learning to importance of a balanced diet and proper nutrition is another benefit of fitness. While eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are very common in students, teaching the students about a healthy diet and intake of a balanced diet is very important.
With physical education, students learn better about the benefits of eating well and consuming all nutrition rich foods.
Improves Memory & Brain Health
Having a good memory and brain health is essential for a student to be adaptable in studies. With proper fitness in a student’s life, they can maintain their heart rate, increasing the blood and oxygen flow in the body.
With proper flow of oxygen and blood, it stimulates the generations of hormones which are responsible for the growth of brain cells, which impacts our memory power. So, fitness is good for brain and memory.
Better Sleep Quality
For a student, getting a good quality sleep at the end of the day is very important to start the next day afresh. Therefore, using up energy throughout the day by exercising helps in stimulation the body to produce hormones which can only occur during deep sleep or complete relaxation of body.
One of the benefits of fitness is that it treats the people with insomnia and improves their quality of sleep and productivity in class and extra-curricular activities.
As physical and mental fitness plays a huge role in the development of a student’s life, you now know the various points of importance of indulging in fitness activities at school or in college. One of the key factors to consider for physical development is age. The physical educator at school should make sure to help the students make the right choice of physical activity to indulge in.
Aren’t these some good reasons to begin incorporating fitness into your student’s or child’s life at school?