Top Six Benefits of Physical Activity in Schools
Physical activity can improve one’s health and reduce the risk of developing several diseases leaving long-term health benefits. The benefits of physical activities in schools are far-reaching, including student’s physical health and better academic performance. We, at Gurusharan Convent, promote physical education amongst our students and our professional educators are in a prime position to help them establish life-long healthy behaviour patterns and boost scholastic success. We feel that regular physical activity can help our students improve their quality of life. Let’s look at the top 6 benefits of physical activity in schools:
- Reduces stress: Nowadays, students are pressured to perform better in their academics which includes spending hours in the classroom and with truckloads of homework. This means that they have no or little time to take care of their own health which ultimately leads to problems like stress and anxiety. Hence, motivating students to participate in physical activities is one of the ways of reducing stress. It can also facilitate flexible emotional stability.
- Increased concentration: Studies have shown that physical activity can help in improving the academic performance of the students. We believe many of the regular physical activities are associated with higher levels of concentration and well-composed behaviours not only within schools but also in their personal lives. Activities such as sports, aerobics or yoga help students reinforce knowledge helping them to do better in their academics.
- Promotes psychological well-being: Encouraging students to be physically active every day will help them to build positive relationships with others and will make them understand the purpose and meaning of life. Regular physical activity will help them gain interpersonal and self-regulatory skills and core values like respect and social responsibility.
- Better grades: Good brain health underlie academic performance. Basic mind functions related to memory facilitate learning by the mode of concentration. Participation in physical activities improves cognitive performance and brain health leading to a better understanding of their subjects. Children who participate in vigorous or moderate physical activity benefit the most.
- Better behaviour: With physical activities, students get the opportunity to work as a team which will help them accept responsibility for their own actions. When students are idle, they can easily be engaged in negative behaviours such as alcohol or even drugs. Therefore, physical activity can improve the value system of the learner. Students will also understand how to use their time efficiently.
- Boosts self-esteem: Physical activities help students build self-confidence. It brings out a positive influence on a student’s personality, character and self-esteem. In addition, it enhances communication skills i.e., the skills required to get along and cooperate with students of varying ethnic personalities.
Therefore, it is clear that physical activities play a key role in the development of a student’s life, both physically and mentally. We consider that physical activities should be incorporated into the school’s curriculum so that the students can get mental relief daily from their daily hectic schedules.