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The more physical education the better for adolescents

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Researchers say that adolescents who have frequent physical education are in better shape and are more informed about the significance of physical activity for health.


Kids in school often initially feel that physical education is a nuisance in their schedule until they begin to feel the health benefits of staying in shape. The natural high which comes with sports generally becomes infectious and than many students begin to see physical education classes as being the best time of the day. Actually the more time students spend in physical education the better off they are.

Physical education keeps kids in shape and informed about the role of fitness in health

Oregon State University reports that adolescents who have frequent physical education classes are not only in better shape, they are also more well informed about the significant role of physical activity in health. Research has shown productivity is improved with exercise. Kids also have a better chance of preventing obesity when they exercise. There is also an association between better academic achievement and physical fitness.

There is a federal recommendation that students get a minimum of 60 minutes daily of moderate to vigorous physical activity

There certainly is an association between regular physical activity and good health which is helpful for adolescents to understand. Students should get a minimum of 60 minutes daily of moderate to vigorous physical activity according to a federal recommendation. Researchers say many adolescents do not meet the federal government’s physical activity guidelines. In fact many young people are not even aware of what the suggested guidelines for physical activity are.

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According to researchers at Oregon State University there has been a disturbing trend of a decrease in physical education which is mandated for middle-school students. This has been undermining the development of the knowledge, interests and skills which serve as a basis for a lifelong lifestyle which is healthy.

There is an improvement in cognitive function and academic performance with physical activity

Brad Cardinal, who is the study co-author and a professor in Oregon State University's School of Biological and Population Health Sciences, says that it has been shown there is an improvement in cognitive function and academic performance with physical activity. He is concerned that many adolescents are not meeting the full potential of their holistic development because they are not meeting the physical activity guidelines.

The American Journal of Health Promotion has published this research. It has been observed there were more accurate perceptions of the amount of physical activity needed for good health in adolescents who had physical education during school, and who had physical education which was more frequent and which was long-lasting.

Encouraging physical education for adolescents is vitally important for their well being. The advantages which they can gain for both their physical and mental health and their understanding of these advantages can stay with them throughout their lives.