Parents of middle and high school students should encourage their kids to try activities they might enjoy and continue into adulthood, such as running, hiking, biking and – when facilities are available – racquetball.
What kids need from PE Physical education provides kids with more than just exercise, which is why activities like marching band and even team sports are, in my view, a poor substitute.
A study in San Diego found that kids between 11 and 14 years old spent a total of seven minutes less on physical activity, as compared to children between 7 and 10 years old, during sport practices.
The level of physical activity plummets when kids reach middle school, and it doesn’t make much of a difference whether they’re on teams or not.
This idea is bolstered by a review of 37 studies that found children were less active on weekends than on school days, and research showing that kids spend more time using screens in the summer than during the school year.