Physical Education

March 10, 1906


The Planet advocates for physical education because it is beneficial to a healthy mind and “to complete the perfect human being.”


Physical Education
It Means a Keener Mentality, More Strength and Endurance, and Is Generally Beneficial
Too many, alas, think of physical educations as a one-sided education--all physical-- the development of power, force, skill. Physical perfection of form-- physical ability-- physical endurance. They fail to realize the effect the physical training must have upon the mental and moral forces.
A healthy body is a good thing, a necessary thing, but a healthy mind is also necessary, and, to complete the perfect human being, a healthy soul.
Gymnastic movements, besides developing muscular force, promoting digestion and respiration, and exerting a corrective, recreative, and invigorating influence upon the body as a whole, educated the motor centers of the brain, but even more is accomplished, for the thinking powers themselves are improved.
The student of physical culture soon learned to think more rapidly, as well as more correctly, her reaction time is visibly quickened and sense of rhythm improved; perception becomes more acute and memory stronger, observation more keen and sure; in fact, she soon discovers that she has better control of her mind as well as her body.
She is truly a stronger woman in every sense of the word, for, as brain and body have unconsciously developed, a strong feeling of self-confidence (the result of conscious power has taken the place of timidity, as grace and ease of movement have supplanted awkwardness.
Daily exercise increases the powers of resistance and vitality of the tissues and organs, and not only lends pleasure to the life of today, but stores up strength and endurance for the coming tomorrow.
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Emma Roberts


“Physical Education,” Black Virginia: The Richmond Planet, 1894-1909, accessed July 17, 2019,