Physical education is all about developing a healthy, active approach to life. Whatever the activities involved – from rugby to rhythmic dance, trampolining to table-tennis and hill-walking to the 100 metre sprint – it’s designed to foster enjoyable participation in exercise and training. At the same time, it helps each individual reach their full potential by providing background knowledge about health, effective training and safe performance.
Aside from the obvious benefits to health and general fitness levels, regular physical activity promotes mental and social well-being too. Playing a sport isn’t just playing a sport; it can also be developing motor skills, self-esteem, ability to form strategies and play by the rules, creative thinking, leadership abilities and other interpersonal skills, including teamwork and sense of fair play.
The goal of physical education is to instil a lifelong enthusiasm for sustaining a healthy lifestyle. In a society where obesity levels are rising fast and the temptation to slump into a sedentary lifestyle is increasingly hard to avoid, it provides the tools to help swim against the tide.