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August 22, 2022 3 Min Read

How Physical Education Can Help You Build Basic Life Skills

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Remember your P.E. (physical education) class? You might have fond memories of the different sports and games with your friends, the nice break in your day from sitting in a classroom with a lecturing teacher—or maybe you reacted with a groan and the distant nostalgic sound of a whistle and squeaky sneakers. No matter your reaction to the words “physical education,” it was actually a part of your curriculum growing up to help you develop skills beyond physical fitness. Skills like: 

  • Confidence
  • Accountability 
  • Discipline
  • How to work with others

Casey Kucsera, a high school physical education teacher and TaskHuman Coach, stressed the importance of the foundations created within physical education classes in a recent episode of TaskHuman Talks and how we can get back to building that foundation. 

“When we’re building the foundation, let’s start sensibly, let’s start with something simple, pick one or two things that you want to change about your life—that’s attainable.”

Building a strong foundation has a handful of key components:

  • Recognize you can do it. It’s never too late to start working towards healthy habits

  • Identify one weakness. With a new sense of strength, comes confidence and momentum to keep going.

  • Discover your motivation. Get creative with what motivates you. Tap into your competitive side or just have fun with it.  

  • Find what you enjoy. The best diet or exercise for you? The one you are going to enjoy doing. 

  • Keep moving. Recognize what you are working towards is not only for your physical health but also your mental health. 

Particularly when it comes to making change and transforming your weaknesses into something more, Casey says, “When we identify that one weakness, we need to double down on that weakness and we need to maybe spend twice the amount of time on that as we do on the strength… And then all of a sudden, now that weakness goes into the strength category.

Don’t know where to start? Coach Casey shares how he personally has done the steps to building back his foundation and his experience of turning a weakness into a strength. 

Click here to learn more about Casey’s story.


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