The benefits of a virtual PE class extend well beyond meeting school requirements. Playing active games, doing exercises, and participating in sports for a total of 60 minutes a day can contribute to better grades and build a foundation for a lifetime of healthy habits and overall well-being. But can you take PE online in high school? The answer is a resounding yes! In fact, online students can start taking PE in elementary school. And the best part: It doesn’t necessarily take a lot of money, special equipment, or gym memberships to get kids fired up about physical education. A ball, a bike, online exercise and yoga videos, music that sets bodies in motion, a jump rope, sneakers, and even an empty field can be all you need to meet the Society of Health and Physical Educators® (SHAPE) National Physical Education Standards.
From elementary grades through high school, the benefits of regular physical activity include building stronger muscles and bones, maintaining healthy weight, increasing heart and lung efficiency, sharpening thinking skills, relieving stress and anxiety, and getting a good night’s sleep.