Encourage Your Teen to Exercise [Updated: 5/19]

Let’s face it, not all teens are into sports that require physical activity. In fact, some don’t even like the thought of exercise. If you can encourage your teen to start an exercise program it may just follow them into their adult life.

You may be asking yourself how a teen can find time to exercise when school and after-school commitments take up most of the day. Stop telling yourself that they’re always running around so that should count as exercise. Although it is exercise it usually isn’t enough. We’re not saying every teen should spend hours each day exercising, but we are saying all teens should do at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Most of the activity should be moderate to vigorous aerobic activity. Aerobic activity is anything that gets your heart going. This could be biking, dancing, or running. After they complete their aerobic activity a few minutes should be taken for some strength training. Encourage them to research and find exercises that help build muscle, boost metabolism and keep joints moving. Flexibility is the third component of a well-rounded exercise routine. 

If you’re not having much luck getting your teen to exercise we suggest you start out slow with things the entire family can do. Make it a fun part of family time. There is no need for special equipment, expensive gym fees, or fancy sports outfits.

If your family is just beginning to exercise start out taking daily walks together. Slowly begin to alternate between walking and running. Once you finish up your walk, try doing a simple strength exercise together. Make it a friendly competition by seeing who can do the most and encourage each other to set a goal. As time goes on you may find you have developed the strength to incorporate additional exercises.

You can even get creative and use household objects as tools. Try having every family member stand behind a chair for balance. You can do back leg raises, side leg raises, and calf raises. To help improve your balance, stand on one foot while holding onto the back of the chair. Hold for ten seconds then change to the other foot.

We think your family will have fun exercising together. We have given you a few ideas but we bet each family member can come up with at least one easy exercise you can add to the list.

If you want additional help with an exercise program and with other healthy lifestyle changes, check with the professional at WeightoWellness.

205-994-2393   www.weightowellnessllc.com

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