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I Hate P.E. Class!

Find out how to make phys ed class a lot more fun.

“What if everyone laughs at me?”

Everyone makes mistakes, even the kids who seem so good at sports. If you mess up, tell yourself, “Hey, at least I tried.” You could even laugh a little, too, (“Wow, that was an air ball!”) and just brush it off. If you don’t make it a big deal, other kids won’t, either.

“I get nervous before class.”

Lots of kids get knots in their stomachs before P.E. Your teacher may try to help by sticking to a routine and telling you ahead of time what you’ll be working on. But if not, ask her before class. It’s easier to feel calm about it if you know what’s coming.

You can also talk to a friend about how you’re feeling. Or take a few slow, deep breaths to get your body to stop freaking out. Telling yourself, “I’ll be OK” -- even if you’re not totally sure -- will also help.

“There’s NOTHING good about P.E.”

If you always think about how much you hate gym class, it will make you feel even worse about it. You don’t have to turn into P.E.’s biggest fan. Just try to find at least one thing that’s good about it.

Maybe you made a new friend in class. Or thanks to gym, you can now race up three flights of stairs without getting out of breath. A positive attitude about P.E. -- even a small one -- will help you feel better when you’re in class.

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Reviewed on January 21, 2016

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