Originally published Dec. 4, 2019 in Vents Magazine.
By R.J. Frometa
What is unknown to many is that every student gets numerous benefits from physical fitness. These benefits are not limited to the physical wellness off the individual. The physical fitness enables students to not only make wise decisions concerning their safety, health, and wellbeing but also develop their cognitive and concentration skills. With this in mind, the following are a few ways that students benefit from physical fitness and wellness.
Overall body fitness of the student
A student with a healthy lifestyle is a productive student. Hence, P.E. is a crucial aspect in all the leading universities around the world. Proper physical activity helps to improve the absorption of nutrients in the body. It also helps to improve cardiovascular health and develop muscular strength. Therefore, the likelihood of a physically fit student suffering from stress from strenuous activity is minimal. This means that the student will not be missing classes due to unnecessary illnesses.
Concentration, understanding and academic performance
Studies that show, P.E. helps improve the academic performance of students. All regular activities that students engage in are associated with higher levels of concentration; hence, there is a need to ensure that the brain is in the perfect condition to tackle them. Sports and exercise help reinforce knowledge learned in other subjects by unwinding and relaxing the mind reading it for learning.
Physical fitness reduces the levels of stress
Most college and other school curriculums emphasize on the core subjects. After all the hours spent in the classroom, students still get a lot of homework to tackle. On that note, if you are a student facing challenges with your assignments, you can get help. Everyone knows that students have little or no time at all to engage in other activities leading to mental stress. Physical fitness activities help get rid of this stress and anxiety. It ends up facilitating emotional resilience and stability.
Helps students grow focus
As when you don’t take time off from your job, you find it hard to focus; it is the same with students and their education. Students require more than one break in a day if they are to optimize their focus on books. Students who engage in physical activities also spend the pent up energy that would otherwise leave them fidgeting and distracted while in class.
Physical fitness improves health and nutrition
Physical exercise enables one’s body to understand the nutrients it needs more and the ones it needs less off. This knowledge helps fight off eating disorders like obesity and anorexia. Eating disorders often manifest themselves from when a student gets to high school. Proper physical education helps students understand the importance of eating well and the critical nutrition requirements that they should follow.
Physical fitness activities instill positive behaviors
Many times the moral development of a student is impacted by the quality physical education that he or she is subjected to. P.E enables students to learn how to work as a team, how to question actions by their peers with discipline, and how to accept responsibilities for their actions when necessary.
Idle college students are quickly initiated to negative behaviors such as alcoholism and drug abuse. Students with healthy hobbies in sports or other positive activities are engaged throughout their school lives. P.E, therefore, helps to supplement the value system of the learner’s education.
With that said, it is evident that physical education plays a crucial part in the development of student life. However, there are factors to consider when picking out physical activity or a sport for a student to engage in. One should pay attention to the age, gender, and interests of the student. Emphasis should be put that sports in this scenario only serve to supplement the education that the student went to the institution for.