The hours of physical education in schools are minimal. On many occasions it is only one hour per week and some schools don't even have proper facilities and trained, qualified teachers. Parents are often left to find other ways to get their children moving. Often these are the Saturday and Sunday soccer, hockey and baseball games and of course it is not free. Not every parent can afford the extra curricular activities. Schools should provide the basics for physical education and that includes at least 3 hours per week of organized and instructed physical activities. Children aged 6 to 10 need at least 1 hour of physical exercise per day. If this is missing the result can be obesity, lack of muscle tone and in addition to these, various back problems and splayfoot can develop from everyday sitting. Frequent headaches, lack of drive and pessimism are often the indications of not spending enough time in the fresh air and exercising. Without sports, children miss out on many character forming experiences. No one needs to be a professional athlete to experience the fellowship, solidarity and the work for one goal that happens in many competitions', children miss out on these by not having enough physical education in their schools. With proper motivation and choosing the right physical activity for each child, sports bring in regularity in everyday life: time needs to be well spent in order to have rest and finish schoolwork as well. Those children, who use up their extra energy through physical exercise will be able to concentrate better with their studies, have longer attention spans and better apprehension.
Channeling that extra energy: sport or drug?
The everyday stress has its toll on children as well. This stress needs to be released somewhere. If not through sports or the arts, it will then exhibit through eating, smoking or drinking alcohol to help let the extra 'steam' out. The chosen exercise should satisfy the child's needs and not the parents, as many parents will push their children into a sport that they had no opportunity to do when they were young. If a girl wants to try karate then we should let her. The most important thing is to continue and be persistent in the chosen activity as the character and sport achievement will only develop this way. Working in a team environment will give children the opportunity to experience fellowship. And if a child recognizes that it is not only in the classroom that one can be successful this will boost his or her self-confidence and it will also be reflected on their school grades as well. Exercising activates information-transportation processes in the brain and the result of this is feeling happy and relaxed. Long distance kayakers often say that after paddling long distances they reach a euphoric state where paddling becomes easy and they feel good. All in all, the biggest responsibility for getting enough exercise for our children however lies with the parents. If children see that physical exercise is an important part of the family's life then the need and love for sports will evolve in them as well. Schools on the other hand play an important educational role that serves both the children, parent and after all the whole societies' interest.