2. A CLOSER LOOK
With childhood obesity and depression on
the rise, today’s educators find significant
value in curriculum that incorporates
In the midst of nation-wide budget cuts to
educational expenses, “non-essential”
programs like music, art, physical
education, and more are scrounging for
Gym classes and other physical activities
can help students manage stress, stay
healthy, and bond with their classmates.
Here's a look at some of the positive
impacts we've seen.
3. REDUCED STRESS & ANXIETY
Children are often overwhelmed
with the demands of classroom
and social activity and it can be
difficult for children to balance
these requirements. As a result,
many children can suffer from
Luckily, exercise has an anxiety-
reducing effect. Physical activity sends
oxygen to the brain allowing it to
expand and relax. Taking a break during
the day can reduce anxious feelings and
allow students to focus when it’s time to
Exercise is consistently
proven to drastically
reduce stress and
Physical exercise naturally wears the body
making it easier to fall asleep at natural
Research suggests that aerobic exercise
for even ten minutes a day can
dramatically improve sleep patterns.
Additionally, physical exercise can reduce
the risk of developing sleep disorders.
Sleep is crucial for school-aged children
and their ability to participate in class on a
daily basis. A rested student is better able
to concentrate, think critically, and exhibit
5. IMPROVED LONG-
Exercise also has long-term benefits.
Research suggests that youth who engage
in aerobic exercise for 20 minutes at least
three times per week have a healthier heart
as an adult.
Other long-term benefits of early exercise
include improved bone density, increased
flexibility, reduced blood pressure, and
lower body mass index.
Children who learn the importance of
physical exercise at an early age are also
more likely to engage in it as an adult.
Physical activity can also have a huge
impact on a child’s self-image.
Physical education provides students
the opportunity to learn and master
new skills in a safe and fun environment.
The ability to learn and grow has
tremendous benefits for a child’s
esteem and can impact the child long-
Self-confidence impacts overall health
and wellness and is known to reduce the
risk of depression and anxiety.