yurell wrote:I think the same should hold for PE — my experience of PE hasn't been 'let's help he kids get fit and lose weight!', but 'let's let the sporty kids excel at something and have fun, while those who don't like exercise can stand on the sideline / be shamed by competing against people who are ludicrously out of their league.'
Maybe if they did that I wouldn't be so fat today. Instead, PE has instilled a life-long hatred of physical exercise.
This is certainly my experience of any kind of organised physical exercise. It's really fun for a while (a period that can be up to several years of participating), then suddenly you hit a point where they expect you to start being serious and competitive, rather than just doing it for fun. At that point, if you're not one of the naturally sporty types, it's easy to just give up on physical exercise entirely - you're clearly not wanted.
It wasn't until I left uni and started playing some racquet sports with my workmates that I realised I actually enjoy playing sports.