From prehistoric times, stamina and strength were key to man's ability to find food and survive. As time went on, other ancient civilizations such as China, Egypt, Greece, and Rome adopted this practice known as phsycal education.
But, the Spartans and the Athenians were the first people to have any type of physical education programs.
Physical Education (abbreviated "PE") is definined as the process of education that develops the human body, specifically fitness and movement skills. PE helps you stay fit, healthy, and flexible. It can also prevent many diseases and lower your risk for getting a certain disease. Exercising can help your coordination and circulation.
"The primary aims of PE are to provide students with knowledge, skills, capacities, values, and enthusiasm to maintain a healthy life" and future.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physical_education) In all of the states of the United States of America, physical education is offered in grades kindergrten to twelth grade.
PE has started to offer more activities that are newer, such as frisbee golf. Some schools have even started to do you yoga and deep-breathing. Teaching non-traditional things like this to todays youth can also help students learn about different cultures.
Even though PE classes aren't mandatory in all schools, most of them fit it in to their daily schedule. Some times if they don't have these classes, they lose government funding for their school. And some people even debate if it should be required or not. But, with the rising obesity rates in America, and in children, I think that the government should require physical education. But sometimes, schools just can't have a PE class. Some of the contributing factors of that are: a shortage of people trained to and willing to do this job, inadequate budgets, and the disintrest of parents, students, and teachers.
Obesity is a growing problem around the world. People eat too much much junkfood and too many carbs. They watch TV, play videogames, or get on the internet most of the time. These people do everything but exercising and staying physically fit and healthy. So they gain weight in excess amounts and become very unhealthy. People can become very unhappy also. Because of their excess weight, poor health, and the buildup of toxins in the fat cells, it can bring on depression. And the fat cells can even grow cancerous tumours and make these people have cancer. Being obese can even cut years off of your life! But fortunately, there are people willing to help. Shows such as The Biggest Loser inspire people.
But physical education isn't only exercising. It can be sports too. Even if your school doesn't have a PE program, they will most likely...