Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.
~ John Fitzgerald KennedyPhysical education which is commonly a part of the curriculum at school level includestraining in the development and care of the human body and maintaining physical fitness.Physical education is also about sharpening overall cognitive abilities and motor skills viaathletics, exercise and various other physical activities like martial arts and dance. Here aresome of the benefits that highlight the importance of physical education:
1. Maintaining Sound Physical Fitness
Physical fitness is one of the most important elements of leading a healthy lifestyle. Physicaleducation promotes the importance of inclusion of a regular fitness activity in the routine. Thishelps the students to maintain their fitness, develop their muscular strength, increase their stamina and thus stretch their physical abilities to an optimum level. Physical fitness helps toinculcate the importance of maintaining a healthy body, which in turn keeps them happy andenergized. Sound physical fitness promotes, increased absorption of nutrients, better functioning of digestion and all other physiological processes and hence results in all roundfitness.
2. Overall Confidence Booster
Indulging in sports be it team sports or dual and individual sports, leads to a major boost inself-confidence. The ability to go on the field and perform instills a sense of self-confidence,which is very important for the development of a person’s character. Every victory achievedon the field, helps to boost a person’s self-confidence. Moreover, the ability to accept defeaton field and yet believe in your own capabilities brings a sense of positive attitude as well.Thus participation in sports, martial arts or even dance and aerobics, is always a positiveinfluence on a student’s overall personality and character and works wonders for his/her self-confidence.
3. Awareness about Important Health and Nutrition Issues
Physical education classes are about participating in the physical fitness and recreationactivities, but they are also about gaining knowledge about the overall aspects of physicalhealth. For example in today’s world the problems of obesity, or anemia and bulimia arerampant amongst teenagers. Physical education provides an excellent opportunity for teachers to promote the benefits of healthy and nutritious food and cite the ill effects of junkfood. Promoting sound eating practices and guidelines for nutrition are some of the veryvaluable lessons that can be taught through physical education classes at school level.
4. Inculcating Sportsmanship and Team Spirit
Participation in team sports, or even dual sports helps to imbibe a sense of team spiritamongst the students. While participating in team sports, the children have to function as anentire team, and hence they learn how to organize themselves and function together. Thisprocess of team building hones a person’s overall communications skills and the ability to getalong with different kind of people. Thus participating in team sports instills a sense of teamspirit, which is a great value addition to anyone’s personality and helps a lot in all the futureendeavors.
5. Development of Motor Skills
The ability to concentrate, the ability to swing the racket just at the right time are some of theexamples of development of motor skills in the physical education classes. Participation insports and several physical education activities helps to sharpen the reflexes of the students.It also brings order and discipline to the body movements and helps in development of asound body posture as well. The hand-eye co-ordination improves as well.
6. Importance of Hygiene and Sex education