Ancient philosophers realized there was a connection between our brains and a healthy body. It could be summed up with the phrase "healthy body, healthy mind".
In more recent years science has been able to prove this in many ways over and over again.
Exercise can help alleviate depression as well as anxiety. Exercise has been shown to help improve brain function and increase test scores. These are just generalizations, but there are many other benefits. I will be specific in future writings.
My concern is where we stand today culturally. How did we get our students interested in developing an active lifestyle they will carry over into adulthood? Many students have become slaves to technology. They want to play video games all afternoon or just text their friends for hours on end. They have lost imagination and creativity along with this inactivity. How do you interest them in something else?
This is where PE programs should start. Your students are uniquely and wonderfully made. I tell my students how cool this is, because in my words this means that you are one of a kind, there is nobody else like you, and that makes you awesome.
This is so true. I recognize that some students are fast, some thinkers, some jumpers, some can throw far, while others can hit the bullseye every time. There are too many differences to list. A great PE program should take this into account by offering a variety of drills, games, and activities. Give them a chance to succeed and discover their uniqueness. That is where PE begins!