Importance of Physical Education

Importance of Physical Education
- Dr. Ajit Sabnis


   We have discussed earlier four types of education- The physical, the vital, the mental and the spiritual.
Let me touch upon Physical Education today.

Physical Education relates to our physical body that is the basis for everything.   
Of all the domains of human consciousness, the physical is the one, which is most completely governed by method, order, discipline and process. The lack of plasticity and receptivity in matter (our body) has to be replaced by a detailed organisation that is both precise and comprehensive.

Physical education has three principal aspects:

1. Control and discipline of the functioning of the body,

2. An integral, methodical and harmonious development of all the parts and movements of the body

3. Correction of any defects and deformities.

Physical Training

Physical training for a child includes discipline, regularity, strength, endurance, plasticity, flexibility and suppleness. Sound body will have sound mind and it then becomes an able instrument for the manifestation of the positive energy in the body. One has to become aware of all parts of our being including the physical body.

Acquiring skill in using body muscles is important for the young child. Child gains confidence when he/she is able to control her muscles and can feel "in tune" with the body, able to use it freely, following his/her own rhythms. 
  • Child's posture and the way child uses its body, reveal attitudes she holds about herself. 
  • The child with good motor skills can do more than what it perceives. 
  • The child develops self confidence as it plays with other children and copes better with challenging situations.

 Why Physical Education in Children !!!

v  To become independent
v  To regularise physical and hygiene habits
v  To be able to perform small chores independently
v  To develop coordination-- muscular, limb, eye-hand
v  Learning to use gross and fine motor movements
v  To develop all parts & movements totally, harmoniously, methodically
v  Motor Control: Gross and fine movements
v  Coordination and balance
v  Flexibility                             
v  Strength and stamina                                                       
v  To correct defects,  deformities and unsound habits  
v  Proper functioning of all organs & body parts         
v  Proper Posture and movements 
v  To train the body and body parts
v  To train the child in physical hygiene
v  To enable the child to feel emotionally secure in the school environment
v  To initiate social and interpersonal interactions in peer groups and with adults
v  To initiate basic language development
v  To initiate preliminary work in the development of cognitive faculties

v  To initiate preliminary work in developing physical and social skills.

To be Continued.......

Have a great weekend.


  1. One can give to others in four ways:

    Material gifts. Intellectual gifts: knowledge. Spiritual gifts: harmony, beauty, rhythm. The integral gift, which can be made only by those who have followed the three paths, who have synthesised within themselves all the methods of development, of becoming conscious of That which is Eternal: the gift of example. The example which is not self-conscious and which one gives because one is, because one lives in the Eternal Divine Consciousness.


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