It is often said that good habits should be inculcated from early age so as to reap benefits later in life.
Exercising regularly and being physically active is an important habit that should ideally be developed from the childhood and teen years. This is so that its value and benefits are appreciated and enjoyed such that your teen grows up to be a fit and healthy adult.
Take a look at our useful tips and notes in this teen fitness guide.
The excessive use of gadgets and electronic devices is one of the biggest hurdles in teen fitness. It is nearly impossible to separate a teenager from his or her screens, whether it is constant use of their smartphone to stay connected with friends or being hooked on to watching the latest shows on the SMART TV when at home. It may be tough to regulate the amount of time your teenager spends being glued to these devices.
However you could try and make screen time count in a healthy and fun way. Use the commercial breaks to encourage your teen to do a few stretching exercises such as lunges and alternate toe touches. It will help release body stiffness and give the leg muscles a good stretch while working to strengthen the hamstrings, quadriceps and gluteus muscles. Motivate your teen by setting a challenge to see how many reps of the exercise the child can complete in a 2-3 minute commercial break.
Be a fitness role model for your teenager. Teen years are a transition phase when the child begins to challenge, question and rebel as she or he develops their own sense of judgement about the world around them. What will work better than lecturing or advising them on the virtues of being physically active is actually seeing you practice what you are preaching to them.
If the teenager observes a parent or both parents working out daily or having a fitness-oriented approach to daily tasks it would be a much more powerful way to encourage and motivate them to do the same. Even better would be if you can find ways to exercise together, such as running or go cycling together on weekends. What better way to bond with your teen than over a healthy cause such as exercise and fitness.
The process of getting your teen to become physically active and stay fit should not be forced, monotonous or repetitive. There is no point insisting that the child runs 5 kms daily if he or she dislikes running.
Instead get to know their interests and encourage them to participate in a range of physical activities so that they are self-motivated to stick to it. It could be taking up a sport such as being on the school basketball team, swimming, badminton or any other activity that they have a passion for such as dancing, martial arts or gymnastics. Playing a sport and engaging in such vigorous activities will get them moving and improve the flexibility and strength of muscles and joints. It will also help to reduce chances of obesity and unhealthy weight gain.
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