The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines
recommend that children and youth participate in moderate to vigorous activity for an hour each day. Being active helps children and youth decrease their chances of obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases associated with a sedentary lifestyle
. Physical activity can help improve academic performance
and lead to a healthy life style, which in turn, carries into adulthood.
Physical education classes should be fun for children and youth. They should introduce and develop sport and movement skills among young people, encouraging them to work as a team, while building a love for sport and other life skills that come with socializing and group work. However, this is not always the case. Sometimes, students associate PE classes with negative outcomes.
Research has shown that experiences
in PE classes during childhood may impact the extent to which adults follow a healthy lifestyle. Adults who associate PE with positive memories as opposed to negative ones will most likely become physically active in their adult lives. It is important to acknowledge the impact of which positive experiences in PE class can have on children and youth.
- Offering age appropriate activities, which allow children and youth to learn skills at their level of ability.
- Determining what resources and support might be available for those less comfortable in the PE environment
- Developing activities that are inclusive to all participants
- Evaluating and carefully considering your lesson plan
Trying to ensure that PE is a positive experience will shape the perceptions of students with respect to physical activity, both during their time as students and as they grow into adults and enter the active for life
stage in the LTAD
framework. Being physically active
brings about many benefits that are not only important in the present but also in the future.
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