Manaus (AM) – The practice of physical activities is related to well-being and the improvement of mental and bodily health. Physical exercise brings benefits that go beyond aesthetics, becoming a public health issue. The person responsible for promoting health and quality of life through exercise is the physical education professional, who celebrates his day on September 1 (Thursday), a date that coincides with the Law that regulated the profession.
In Amazonas, there are more than 7 thousand professionals and 400 establishments registered with the Regional Council of Physical Education of the 8th Region (CREF8). Today, there is the highest concentration of professionals working in fitness spaces, in physical education at school, in the guidance of sports practices and in the hospital environment, helping patients to recover.
The physical education professional has knowledge about multifactorial health instruments. In Manaus, the bachelor in physical education, Juliana Aquino, explains that the professional increasingly needs to be able to guide and motivate students beyond the sphere of physical fitness.
“We work to motivate people to lose weight, improve their quality of life, and increasingly to take care of their mental health. Today we have more students with depression and social problems, our work has also been, in addition to improving physical conditioning, to put into practice techniques aimed at the needs of each one, with the main objective of promoting health, whether physical or mental”,
Physical education professionals have the knowledge to work with different age groups and different social aspects, from athletes to people who are looking to leave a sedentary life. Juliana points out that dealing with different cases is challenging but rewarding. As a professional, she sees that the professional needs to adapt to the needs of each student, being a job that goes beyond just teaching a movement or load progression.
“Every day is a different challenge, as I work with all audiences, the elderly, people with illnesses, people with limited mobility, children with obesity, even athletes. All this is much more than the physical, of course this is still the main demand, but we deal with people and that’s why we need to adapt”,
At the gym, the professional also explains that she seeks to include students, considering that the practice of physical activity also proposes socialization. “I try to include everyone, with schedules according to the calendar, the students love it. I believe that working ethically, responsibly and seeking to adapt to generational changes is the path to professional development today.”
Harms of a sedentary life
The physical education professional pursues a career in the health area. Studies show that the practice of oriented physical exercises stimulates the body to build conditions to fight diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, obesity, among others. In addition, a sedentary lifestyle can contribute to the development of coronary heart disease, heart attack and cancer.
“Every day we must build health and not treat disease. Physical education and sports are a market that opens up possibilities to change lives, teaching everything from food, discipline, inclusion and challenges. Bodybuilding is a physical activity that prevents depression, releases hormones of well-being, prevents diseases, improves quality of life, in addition to benefiting sex life. Prevention is much cheaper than correction and less painful.”
Considering the impacts of lack of physical activity on the world population, the World Health Organization (WHO) says that up to 5 million deaths a year could be avoided if the population around the world were more active. WHO statistics, released in 2020, show that one in four adults and four in five adolescents do not practice enough physical activity. Globally, this is estimated to cost $54 billion in direct healthcare and another $14 billion in lost productivity.
“Any type of physical activity, of any duration, can improve health and well-being, but the more exercise the better.”
said Ruediger Krech, Director of Health Promotion at WHO.
“If you have to spend a lot of time sitting still, whether at work or school, you should do more physical activity to counter the harmful effects of sedentary behavior.”
Importance of the professional
The performance of the physical education professional has always been essential, but has reached even more relevance in the face of the pandemic scenario. The president of CREF8, Johnson Furtado, declares that the pandemic period showed the social relevance of the professional for those who were still unaware.
“Several studies point to the importance of regular physical activity to help control or prevent some risk factors and comorbidities related to Covid-19, as well as assist in the recovery of those who had the disease. In addition to the aesthetic aspect, people have looked more closely at the physical, mental and social benefits of exercise, and the physical education professional has a fundamental role in this process”,
comments the president of the body intended to guide, discipline and supervise the exercise of the activities of professionals in the states of Acre, Amapá, Amazonas, Pará, Rondônia and Roraima.
Even considered important, most Brazilians live a sedentary life, that is, they do not practice any type of physical exercise regularly, in addition to remaining seated for a long time and not being willing to perform simple daily activities.
“One of the great missions we have is to convince the population to practice physical activity. Data from a survey carried out by the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation show that a sedentary lifestyle reached more than 60% of Brazilians during the period of the Covid-19 pandemic. This is very worrying information, because a sedentary society is a sick society”,
explains Johnson Furtado.
Today, more and more physical education professionals need to work not only with the physical, but also mental health of students. “With today’s busy life, it is very common for people to show signs of stress, anxiety and depression. Several studies point out that the practice of physical activity contributes to the reduction of these symptoms with the release of substances responsible for feelings of joy and well-being, in addition to providing socialization and coexistence, which also help in the mental aspect”, he highlights.
“In the post-pandemic scenario, the physical education professional has the role not only to lead the correct execution of the exercises, but to guide the student in the search for an activity that is pleasurable and contributes to the recovery of their quality of life and happiness. The Covid-19 pandemic has shown how essential we are to maintaining a healthy society. So, more than ever, we are ready to play our role. We still have a long way to go to show that the benefits of regular physical activity go far beyond aesthetics, but encompass a long and healthy life.”
adds the president of CREF8.
Even though its social relevance is known, physical education professionals are still working to have more guarantees in Justice.
“Recently, we ensured in the National Congress the regulation of the profession, with the sanction of Bill 2486/2021. Without this achievement, anyone could practice the profession, without quality control or training supervision, which would represent a very great risk for those who practice physical activity, whether in a school environment or commercial establishments. In addition, we were also recognized as health professionals, which further highlights our essential role in building an active society”,
concludes Johnson Furtado.
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