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By Matt Johnson

Physical fitness should be a part of everyone’s life and it should start with teaching our children at a young age. Most children grow up playing sports and being very active, but they do not recognize the importance of what they’re doing. We start teaching them math, reading, and writing at an early age; why not make physical fitness a part of that essential knowledge base?

Students take Physical Education in school, but why stop there? Here is a question for you: Why are kids given recess during grade school? Recess has been proven to increase classroom management, alertness, on-task behavior, and reduce fidgeting. How do you feel when you have been cooped up in an office all day or in the car on a long road trip? Honestly, I would feel tired and exhausted. Well, our kids feel the same way by being cooped up in the classroom all day and that is where the importance of Physical Education and recess come into play.

Most people think of Physical Education as free time and a waste of an hour during the school day. No, no, no; Physical Education and Health classes are vital for human growth, social skills, team work skills, critical issues knowledge, over-all health knowledge, and much more. Again, I feel we are dropping the ball when it comes to fitness and healthy life styles. Take the time to talk to your kids about why fitness is important and how it can help the body and all the proven benefits it has. By teaching em’ young, we can make a difference!!

Benefits of Physical Fitness (Even at a young age)

1. Reduces the risk of heart disease

2. Helps prevent obesity

3. Increases test scores and work ethic

4. Lowers blood pressure

5. Prevents future life-threatening injuries (Hips, Shoulders, Knees, Back)

6. Improves self-esteem

7. Improves sleep

8. Improves life and over-all well being

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