Reasons why many Kids don’t like Gym Class

Physical education is a very important piece of a child’s education. It should be mandatory throughout your school career, including high school. The advantages of taking physical education vastly outweigh the advantages of not taking physical education classes.

Not every child enjoys taking physical education, but it is a necessary evil.  There are many reasons as to why some children dislike taking physical education courses. Some of the main reasons why children dislike physical education include a lack of aptitude in athletics, poor levels of confidence and self-esteem, overweight issues, fear of failure, and issues of bullying.


Not every child is athletic. Some children excel in the sporting realm while others simply do not for varying reasons. This lack of athleticism can be the impetus for disliking physical education. Many children have not been exposed to sports and exercise, and therefore lack the fundamental skills and knowledge to be successful in a specific activity.

Other children dislike physical education due to their athleticism because they simply are not gifted with coordination. When you do not do something well, people tend to have a fear in regards to that area.

*Confidence and Self-Esteem

Poor levels of confidence and a low self-esteem can be reasons as to why some children dislike physical education. The mere thought of competing against other students and perhaps underachieving can be a daunting thought to some people. Some students would be mortified to stand amongst their peers and watch as everybody else gets selected prior to them, rendering them the token final player chosen. This would only exacerbate their worst fears, and would cement their status within the social circle of physical education.

*Weight Issues

Issues with being overweight or scrawny can be another critical reason for students to dislike physical education. Getting prepared for physical education in the change room can be a frightening experience. Not every child develops at the same level or at the same time as its peers, and exposing yourself to your peers can be an exercise fraught with peril for some students. Those students that struggle with obesity or are underweight may feel ashamed and embarrassed to change in front of others. Children can be cruel, and when you look differently than others, it can be very imposing.

*Fear of Failure

Some children dislike physical education because they have a fear of failure. This may be seen in students whose parents or siblings excelled at a particular sport. They may be subjected to thoughts that they too will excel, and if they cannot live up to these expectations, they may feel they have little recourse. Some children are simply afraid to try some sports, worried that they may make a simple mistake and be ridiculed.


The issue of bullying is traumatic to the victims. There is a thin line between harmless fun and bullying, and what seems like innocent humour can be devastating to some students. Cyber bullying has become rampant, and cell phone cameras in the physical education change room could possibly lead to very unflattering pictures being taken and launched into Cyberspace.

The teasing and intimidation felt by those that do not excel on the sporting field in comparison to their gifted athlete peers is reason enough to dislike physical education.

The problem associated with not liking physical education stems from the necessity to be physically active in order to remain healthy. Exercise helps keep students mentally and physically alert, and can delay potential health problems.

A dislike of physical education tends to lead to students skipping gym class, dropping out of the class, coming unprepared and suffering the consequence of watching instead of participating (which is preferred), and becoming labelled as a concern. This could have an impact on their other academic abilities.

Physical Education should be taken each and every year by each and every student. There should be no exceptions to this, for the health and well-being of all involved.