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The effects of daily exercise on student's self-esteem

Self-esteem is a significant indicator of a student's well-being and current research suggests that regular exercise can be a contributing factor in its enhancement. This study attempted to address this complicated relationship between psychological and physiological well-being. Exercise games were implemented for 20 minutes each school day for four consecutive weeks, with 25 fourth grade students. A self-designed, self-report questionnaire was used to assess the student's self-esteem pre and post exercise intervention. The results of the study were consistent with current research, which suggests that exercise has the potential to enhance global self-esteem. Further analysis indicated that specific dimensions of self-esteem were affected more by the intervention, notably the Physical Acceptance dimension. Specific sub groups of the participants, particularly ELL and TITLE 1 & ELL were also more affected because they were considered initially low in selfesteem. Planned efforts are required to guide teachers towards a better understanding of their role in facilitating the development of student's self-esteem. This awareness will encourage educators to consider and implement programs similar to that of daily exercise.

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