Benefits of Physical Activity

A paper by Sophia Priest

The Basics of Phys. Ed.

Physical Activity is required to be taken as an elective for two years. It can be done in school, or you can do off-campus. No matter what, it is required. So, there must be a reason. If you can't justify why a class is required, then it shouldn't be, so that is what we are going to do. We are going to be looking at the benefits of P.E.

Self Confidence

Physical Activity can improve your self-confidence and self-esteem in a number of different ways. A few main points are that it can make you look better. Some people have many different problems with their body type, size, and shape. No matter what you look like, nobody should be able to judge you in that way. For some people, it's in their genes, but for others, it's because they eat harshly and do not get much exercise. When physical activity is applied to people's lives on a regular basis, it shows. People look in the mirror and see results and smile. If you don't feel comfortable with your body type, then you should consider yoga or workouts. Physical Activity also helps you feel better. When you feel better physically, you feel better mentally. You take on challenges better, and it gives you a sense of well being, which can reduce stress.

Some examples would be:

  • Weight Lifting
  • Yoga
  • Palates

Mental Performance

A new analysis of 19 studies involving 586 kids, teens, and young adults that was published Wednesday in the British Medical Journal found that short 10 to 40 minutes bursts of exercise led to an immediate boost in concentration and mental focus, likely by improving blood flow to the brain. Another piece of evidence can be seen in the brain scan to the left—from a 2009 University of Illinois study. (from http://www.boston.com/)

Some examples are:

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Tennis

Emotional Health

Exercise promotes chemicals in the brain that improve your mood and make you more relaxed. Specifically, the brain releases feel-good chemicals called endorphins throughout the body. Physical Activity reduces anxiety and depressed mood.(from www.ulifeline.org)

Some sports that bring out this characteristic are:

  • Gymnastics
  • Track
  • Soccer

Longevity and Regular Health

Physical activity actually helps you live longer and prevent many diseases, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and colon and breast cancers. It can also prevent things like cholesterol and triglyceride profile and metabolic syndrome.

Some sports that promote this are:

  • Weightlifting
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Martial Arts
  • Yoga

Positive Bowel Movements

Physical activity helps with digestion. It also promotes regular bowel movements.

Examples:

  • Track
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial Arts

etc.

Weight Loss

Physical activity raises your metabolism. This means that you lose weight easily.

It's just good for you in general!

According to www.muhealth.com, physical activity will improve your fitness and weight goals. However, it also encourages healthy decisions such as not smoking or drinking and offer hidden health benefits such as a lower chance of getting osteoporosis or breast cancer later in life.

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Teenagers should follow this diagram in order to live a healthy and productive life.