Physical education programs in schools are valuable because they contribute to each student's cardiovascular health and helps promote the development of strong muscles and bones, according to the Virginia Education Association. Exercising regularly also combats obesity in children, which can reduce the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and other common illnesses.
Physical education not only helps keep kids strong, but it can also increase their concentration and focus, improve their classroom behavior and boost their overall academic performance, according to the Virginia Education Association. Through physical education, students come to understand the value of being physically active, which increases their likelihood of developing healthful habits to carry on well into adulthood.
Physical education also fosters healthy social interactions among students. It allows young children and teenagers to engage in activities that encourage them to support one another and to work effectively in teams. As children develop these positive character traits and boost their confidence, they are more likely to want to try out for a school team sport or to engage in community activities that require a certain degree of fitness, such as soccer or martial arts. Regular physical activity can also be an outlet for students who need to release tension and anxiety to remain emotionally stable, according to the Virginia Education Association.