It’s an obvious one! Keeping fit helps to combat major health problems such as obesity, diabetes, heart issues as well as bone and muscle disorders. In 2015-16 alone, it was reported that over 30% of UK students in year 6 were classed as overweight or obese, so what better reason to keep your students active.
Research has shown that regular exercise can have a profound impact on low moods and stress, as well as significantly improving memory and sleeping patterns. There has also been research conducted around the effects of exercise on ADHD. Physical activity boosts dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin levels in the brain, which all add up to help improve focus, attention, motivation and mood.
Group sports are a great opportunity for students to learn about cooperation and team work, all whilst building confidence. For some, this can help form a positive sense of identity as part of a team which can boost self-esteem!
Importance at a young age
Encouraging physical activity at a young age is vital. Regular exercise can help to build and maintain healthy bones and muscles, which is incredibly important whilst children’s bodies are in the developing stage. PE can also prepare children to be physically and mentally active in the long run.
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