The brief history of physical education would start in just about 1820 when schools focused on gymnastics, hygiene training and care, and development of the human body. Physical education in college happened when college athletics received a major stimulus when a National Collegiate Athletic Association was created in the early twentieth centuries. Late in the twentieth century there was certainly a decline in the commitment to physical education because the growing offering of extra subjects and electives in schools means that the shift was focusing away from physical education and towards academics. Recent awareness of the need for balanced curriculums particularly given the national concern over the state of obesity and children’s attention towards non-physical activities. I support the offering of physical education courses at the university level because it helps us college students gain knowledge of how we should be healthier in college and it also helps prevent sleep deprivation.
In college, it is so easy to become unhealthy and gain a lot of weight from being stressed or just sitting in your room doing nothing. For most college students, eating problems stem from having too much food around. A new study suggested that a higher than expected percentage of the college students might not be eating enough because they can’t afford it. For example, the researchers asked the students whether they were able to afford balanced meals in the last month. “Sixty two percent of the students reported they couldn’t afford balanced meals,” says lead study author Megan Patton-Lopez, an epidemiologist at Benton County Health Services in Oregon”. In college, there’s also not many healthy options you can choose from, so you’ll really have to balance your eating habits and also choose what you’re going to eat. There are many ways to balance your eating habits in college, which are “choose a campus supported meal plan for your first term in school, if you are not living in a residence hall or your school has no access to a meal plan, you should try to work out a food budget that makes sense for you, remember to try to keep some balance in your diet, etc.”. If you take time to understand how your body works and actually try to stay healthy, then physical education would be a great source to look towards in college.
In college, students rarely get any sleep due to working a part timed job, take a class that overworks the students, or studying for a test at the last minute which causes you to stay up very late at night. After research, most college students only get six to seven hours of sleep per night. There are a couple of ways that studies show how you can get better sleep while in school. Those studies show that you can go to bed early, get out of bed, stay out of bed, limit your naps, wake up on the weekends, do not drink caffeine, etc. Studies show that at least fifty percent of college students experience daytime sleepiness due to sleep deprivation. Physical education can help with sleep deprivation: “To more sound and restful sleep. Physical activity increases time spent in deep sleep, the most physically curative sleep phase. Deep sleep helps to boost immune function, support cardiac health, and control stress and anxiety’. Physical education should be used in college because more college students deals with sleep deprivation.
Physical education should definitely be offered at the university level. I selected this topic because I feel as if physical education will affect college students in many different ways so they can live a healthier lifestyle. In college you are practically on your own, whereas back home most of us had parents or guardians who would help us keep up with our eating habits or doctor visits to keep us updated on ourselves. Motor development helps with any type of movement such as, walking, running, stretching, bending, catching, and throwing. After doing all the research I have done, I realized how physical education is the key aspect in life. Physical education will help you with a lot of the problems that you face in life such as, depression, stress, anxiety, sleep deprivation, weight gain, etc.