Teen years are the last path into adulthood. This is why it’s more important than ever to help them understand the value of staying fit and healthy.
Many teens are very busy. Getting ready for college, keeping up with homework, maybe even a part-time job, and being able to participate in extracurricular activities can keep any teenager’s plate full.
In order for teens to stay active and alert, their health must be high on their consideration list. As parents, we all know that doesn’t always happen.
Oxygen into the brain is a great way to keep teens alert and ready to go! To get the right amount of oxygen to help support the rest of their body, they must consider a fitness program.
Helpful Ways to Help Teens Stay Active
Here’s a helpful 60 minute a day program to help your teen stay fit and ready to challenge any day. All they have to do is fit in 3 core components: aerobics, strength training, and flexibility or stretching.
Aerobics is also known as cardio to some people. The exercises involved helps get your heart beating, your breath quickening, and your blood flowing. Sports such as basketball, soccer, swimming, or running are all good aerobic activities.
Is your teen’s schedule too full, and they find it difficult to fit in some cardio? Recommend dancing in place. They can do this anytime, whether they’re getting ready for school or just about anytime they can.
Strength training involves anything with weight resistance. It could be free weights, machines, or your own body weight. Strength training tones the muscle you have and builds more.
A teen’s body is still growing, so it’s important not to overdo it. Still, more muscle increases endurance, and the more they work out, the more calories they burn. Pull-ups, squats, lunges, push-ups and weight lifting are all forms of strength training.
Stretching and Flexibility
With all of this working out, flexibility and proper stretching techniques are important to prevent injury and encourage healthy joints. Stretching lengthens muscles and increases blood flow to the surrounding muscles and soft tissues. It’s also a great way to cool down after a workout, and also periodically throughout the day to help keep the body loose and comfortable.
Whatever your teen decides to do, the important thing to keep in mind is to have their body moving in some form or other throughout the day. These 3 core elements will just help target as many important areas of the body as possible.
As exercise becomes a root in their everyday life, they’ll quickly find it comes easier and soon start to wonder how they ever lived without it.