Physical Education Beyond Middle School

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Currently, children in the United States spend about seven and a half hours a day in front of the electronic screen ("Facts & Statistics"). According to these static, Only one of three of children in the United States are physically active every day ("Facts & Statistics"). There are only six states which mandate physical education beyond middle school ("Facts & Statistics"). In additionally, more than 80% of parents do not require their children to physically active ("Facts & Statistics"). These statistics demonstrate a large number of children in the United States do not receive much encouragement to exercise resulting in an obesity rate nearly of 17% in children. Furthermore, “Lack of physical activity accounts for 22 percent of coronary heart disease, 22 percent of colon cancer, 18 percent of osteoporotic fractures, 12 percent of diabetes and hypertension, and 5 percent of breast cancer” (Jackson). Therefore, this world of convenience, exercising affects people physically, mentally, and socially. 1.Physical Effects Exercising affects the body physically by helping our brains get smarter and healthier. Exercise increases hippocampal perfusion in our brain, which helps improve memory function (Ki). According to research by the Department of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, a group of 120 older adults was studied as they started exercise training. These adults experienced an increase of 2% in the anterior region of the hippocampus (Erickson et al.). However, the control group that did not start exercise training experienced a drop in hippocampus volume (Ki). Thus, this research shows physical exercise has positive effects on our brains. Exercising helps us avoid heart diseases. Raising levels of high-density lipoprotei... ... middle of paper ... ...e Brain for Addiction"). Also, this research shows exercise could act as substitute for addiction. Although, there are a lot of benefits of exercise, most of the people still do not get enough physical exercise. Research has proven that exercising affects a person physically, mentally, and socially. Exercising helps people physically to have a healthy brain, heart, joint, and bones. It aids mental problems such as stress and anxiety. Also socially, it assists to decrease depression, ADHD, and addiction. However, there are only six states which mandate physical education beyond middle school. Children today do not feel the necessity for physical activity. It’s not too late to start to teach and show children how to be physically active, and make it to their habit. John Ratey, the author of the book “Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain” said:
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