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Exercises for Teens: Keeping Fit and Having Fun

by on February 14th, 2009
Exercises for Teens: Keeping Fit and Having Fun

Anyone who has a teenager or knows a teenager knows that they are complicated and not always easy to deal with. Teenagers definitely keep things challenging for their parents. For one, a lot of teenagers have problems with low self-esteem. This raises their risk of being depressed, developing an eating disorder, and possibly even becoming suicidal if the depression is not dealt with. When teenagers, are active it helps them think more clearly and reduces these risks.

A teenager’s body is going through a lot of changes so it especially important that they be active and healthy. That isn’t going to happen if they spend all their free time playing video games or watching television, however. Studies have shown that there is a link between being physically fit and mentally fit. Teenagers, with all their raging hormones, need a lot of help to maintain a clear head and make good decisions about school, friends and their life in general.

What Does Your Teen Like to Do?

There are a lot of options available for teenagers who would like to lose some weight. If you’re the parent of a teenager, you need to consider your teen’s interests and what activities she really doesn’t enjoy at all.

Some teenagers enjoy being part of a team and playing organized sports like soccer, football and baseball. These sports are good for their minds and bodies. Some teenagers, though, are not the type to enjoy organized sports. Not all teenagers are able to properly deal with competition and the stress that these sports can cause. For these teens, there’s still a lot of exercise options available.

Teach Your Teenager the Importance of Exercising

Like many adults, teenagers often will tell you how much they dislike exercising. It is important to make your teen realize that this isn’t really true. You need to open your teenager’s mind about what exercise really means.

Get involved and go for a hike with your teen after supper. Play catch or just hit a tennis ball around together. These are things that you and your teenager can enjoy together while getting exercise. Seeing you participate in the exercise with her will help your teen realize the importance of staying physically and mentally fit for a lifetime.

You can encourage your teenager to roller blade with you or her friends or go for a ride on your bike with her. Try a new activity each weekend to keep things fresh. Hike at a local park or go camping for the weekend with friends. This will let you and your teenager experience the joy of being out in nature while getting a good workout at the same time.

Some teenagers might enjoy an aerobics class, kickboxing class or a yoga class. Encourage this interest and consider participating with your teenager. These type of classes are a good way to get your and your teen’s heart rate up and burn fat while you both have fun. Another popular activity for teenagers is dancing, which also will get the heart rate up and burn calories.

Find something your teenager will enjoy and support her so she can build a strong mind and body.

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Exercises for Teens: Keeping Fit and Having Fun

by on October 7th, 2008
Exercises for Teens: Keeping Fit and Having Fun

Once kids have reached their teen years they are very self-sufficient. They have their own views and opinions and may not want to listen to what their parents have to say. Teen’s bodies are changing and their hormones are in a state of flux. This makes them somewhat emotional at times. In order to keep your teen healthy and happy during this time it’s important to exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet.

Teenagers seem to sleep a lot and parents can mistake this for being lazy. In fact teens need more sleep than any other age group besides infants. They are growing at a fast pace and they need extra sleep. When they are awake, however, it’s important to make sure that they exercise regularly. One of the best ways to ensure that a teen gets enough exercise is by getting them involved in sports. Any sports activity that they choose will give them regular workouts and keep their bodies healthy.

If your teen isn’t interested in an organized team sport he or she may be interested in some other types of activities. Don’t discount some of the ideas that your teen has. For example, skateboarding provides a great workout and can be extremely athletic. Encourage them to ride their bicycle when possible. Try to put limits on the amount of time they can spend in front of the television or playing video games. Whether they say so or not most teens still like the security of having limits and boundaries.

To keep your whole family fit take weekly walks or bike rides. While teens may not want to participate you’ll often find that they do enjoy the exercise as they do it. That’s because exercise provides a great outlet for stress and helps even teens relieve everyday pressures that build up. You can also try taking your older teen to the gym or on special adult workouts. Some parks have fitness stations that are great for giving teens and adults a great workout. Try getting your child interested in a sport that you enjoy. If you like to golf try taking your teen out with you on the course. Sometimes allowing them to participate in adult sports helps them exercise while keeping their self-esteem intact.

If you enjoy taking exercise classes you can get your teen involved, too. Aerobics classes, step classes and yoga are all great fun and can be enjoyed by all ages. Check to see the ages of the people in class before enrolling – most teens don’t want to be the only youngster in the class! If your teen is interested in tennis or racquetball get them involved in local classes. There are often weekly lessons and competitions as they improve giving them a fun way to improve their physical fitness. Give teens plenty of choices so that they feel they had a say-so in their fitness plan.

Help teens understand the importance of proper diet. Provide healthy meals when they are at home. Limit fast food and junk food from their menu. One way to do this is to allow one fast-food meal per week. This lets them go with their friends to the local hamburger spot without feeling badly. If you notice that your teen is starting to become overweight try to improve their diet and exercise regime before the problem gets out of control.

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