The Benefits of Physical Activity in High School

December 1, 2011

The benefits of being physically active in high school can have a holistic effect on one's health.  Physical education is a course that can help guide that activity so each person involved can maximize his or her results.  The ten areas of health mental health, family and social health, consumer and personal health, community and environmental health, safety and first aid, growth and development, nutrition, diseases and disorders, and drugs.  Regular physical activity can improve several of these areas.

Being physically active can benefit a person's health beyond just "getting a good workout in."  Physical education will provide an environment that will not improve one's growth and development, but it will also have a positive influence on other areas of health.  Studies show that those who are involved in regular activity, such as P.E. or after school sports, also have an increased ability to focus more on their school work.  Therefore, those individuals will improve their mental health.  Additionally, students involved in physical activity will participate in teams, which will require them to work on their social skills and teach them to work with others to reach a common goal. 

Nutrition is a topic often over looked in society today.  However, with heart disease being the number one cause of death in America today, perhaps it is something that should be considered of higher importance.   Those involved in after school sports and physical education have a greater understanding of eating the right foods and the benefits of maintaining a healthy diet.

In conclusion, physical activity can benefit a person in several different ways.  Studies show that those who exercise regularly can focus more during school.  Furthermore, high school sports and physical education provide insight into proper habits regarding one's nutrition.