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"Providing time for unstructured physical activity is not the same as providing
instructional time for meeting the goals of quality physical education."
~ Shape of the Nation 2010, National Association for Sport and Physical Education
and the American Heart Association
Are Physical Education (PE) and Physical Activity (PA) the same thing when it comes to 'working out'? No. Both can provide an increase in conditioning and exploration of human movement. They can also release feel-good hormones (endorphins) throughout our bodies, as well as build strength and improve coordination. There is nothing wrong with Recess. Recess is awesome. Sadly, just moving around, is not enough.
Children who took formal Health & PE classes throughout elementary, middle and high school have carried their Health into their Adulthood, like learning to squat with good form or keeping a regular exercise routine. Throughout the years, PE classes have been cut due to the result of schools "teaching to the test". This leaves adults today paying the high price for themselves (and their children) who see record low levels of quality PE and overall PA.
So what's the big deal? The big deal is that the majority of 'gym-goers' (active parents included) believe it's the physical activity that creates quick results, yes they do. But, more importantly, the physical education is what creates longevity and a sustainable behavioral change to keep exercise a part of life. Physical Education combines the physical motion with the minds. We must not lose sight of that.
"Physical Education is based on a sequence of learning.. [which] also includes health, nutrition, social responsibility, and the value of exercise longevity," according to the NASPE.
In addition, those parents who have brought their love for PE into their adulthood (who expose their children to their PE and PA have a higher percentage of their own kids cultivating the same PE and PA lifestyles.
On the surface, we know that moving is good to keep the body limber and strong. But, just moving is not enough to create the deep-down behavioral and lifestyle changes we know we need, for ourselves and our families. Physical Education is not dead. It is sought.
Finders keepers, losers weepers.
Find your wire,
Don't complicate things.. Basic Human Movement Practice plus Kettlebells. That's all you need.
Junior Nartea, MA, ATC, CMP
"I strongly believe that Freedom of Physical Movement without limitation and or pain is the New Life Currency.
By Appointment Only