If you find gym class frustrating or boring, you’re not alone. A survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that most students think that P.E. class isn’t effective. However, studies show that physical activity can boost students’ work in class and encourage them to make healthier choices.
That’s why schools across the nation are revamping their gym programs to make them more fun, inclusive and to give students options that aren’t dodgeball. Click through the slideshow to learn about these newer, improved P.E. classes and let us know in the comments what gym class is like at your school!
P.E. means the great outdoors for students at Cabell-Midland High School in Ona, W.Va., where students have favored mountain biking to softball.
Self-motivated students at Minneapolis Public Schools in Minnesota can work out at home by doing online worksheets and creating their own fitness plans.
With help from skateboard education program Skate Pass, the students at Douglass Elementary School in Boulder, Colo., have used skateboarding to obtain balance, core strength and higher self-esteem.
At Madison Junior High, Naperville, Ill., students can play the foot-controlled video game Dance Dance Revolution and ride stationary bikes hooked up to Sony PlayStations.
Surfing P.E. originated in 1972 at San Dieguito High School, now San Dieguito Academy, in Encinitas, California. Now many coastal high schools offer surfing as an alternative to regular P.E.
Students at Brockport High School, Brockton, Mass., train at a local ski center, where they learn moves like sliding, stopping and turning on a small ski hill.
Students at Wilson Middle School in Appleton, Wisc., build critical thinking skills, learn teamwork and improve trust while racing down zip lines and balancing on 40-foot high towers, cables, poles and ropes.
Students can climb rock walls before classes start at Fargo South High School in Fargo, N.D.
More students attending Miami-Dade County public schools in Florida are choosing to take P.E., which is only required for one year, now that classes like kayaking and snorkeling are offered.
Teenagers at Northport High School in Long Island, N.Y., can sign up for archery, which improves hand-eye coordination, arm strength, patience and concentration.
Palm Springs High School in Palm Springs, Calif. allows students to take yoga classes outside of school and get P.E. credit for it.
Students at Westview High School in Poway, Calif., are light on their feet in gym class when doing a Filipino folk dance that blends jumping, fast footwork and rhythm.
We should bring archery to Southwest high school
I think that snowboarding would be awesome to do in a P.E class because it lets you have fun and exercise
we need more all we do is run in the gym or run the mile mainly, please help our school @crookcountymiddleschool
p.e is a really good activity
Archery is my favorite hobby
gym is my favorite subject and its a cool class but did you know that exercising can build neurons and the other subject fill them with knowledge
I think there should be a alternative gym class but it should be mandatory to take a class of both since physical education is important .
I love all of the alternative PE classes, even if PE is already fun, odd activities are neat too.