Physical activity—whether in the form of sports, exercise, or games—aids students in improving their cardiovascular health and building muscles. Physical activity can also help protect them from ailments such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Thus, physical activity can encourage students to feel strong and healthy, which will encourage them to have a healthy body image.
Further, by having students focus on what their bodies can do rather than what they look like, parents and Learning Coaches can reframe how students view themselves so that students have a more positive body image.
Also, physical activity has been found to reduce stress, manage ADHD symptoms, decrease anxiety, alleviate depression, and help students to focus more effectively on schoolwork.