When you hear the phrase “childhood gym class”, you are either reminiscing on some of the best times of your childhood or the worst. A new study finds that your memories of gym class may impact your exercise activities as an adult.
According to the American College of Sports Medicine, researchers did an online survey of more than one-thousand adults ages 18 through 45 all across the US and found that the “memories of enjoyment of PE” category most directly correlated with present day attitudes for physical activities.
The study showed that 34 percent of respondents reported feeling embarrassed by their childhood gym experience and 18 percent reported their worst memory from childhood was their PE class.
That is why present day gym classes are trying to take different approaches to get people
more excited about physical fitness.
Grimsrud Elementary School P.E. Teacher Aaron Huck says, “We are still focused on getting healthy but we are adding a lot of different components to it to make it more interesting for the kids.”
Huck says they are incorporating more non-elimination games so one student won’t shine over another. Huck also adds having a strong relationship with your students will also increase their physical activity.