By Rene Craig
Fitness that begins in childhood is a lifelong investment. Studies have shown that young adolescents who participate in fitness activities stay active throughout their lives. However, according to the AMA nearly half of American youths 12-21 are not vigorously active on a regular basis.
- 14% report no physical activity
- Only 19% of Highschool students are active for 20 minutes or more 5 days a week
- Daily enrollment in P.E. classes dropped to 25% among H.S. since1995
Teenagers need to exercise to avoid high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, and other heath risks. Beyond physical benefits, sports can provide teens with self-confidence, like minded friends and a chance to excel at something they love. They don’t have to participate in competitive sports. Non-competitive activities can help test their own limits.
Activity Goals for Youths
- 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity doing and emphasizing cardiovascular muscular endurance, muscular strength, and weight bearing activities.
- 6-9 years largely anaerobic, non- sustained activities such as the game of tag
- 10-14 organized sports
- 15-18 more structured programs
Research has shown there is a large diversity between teens of the same age. Find a trainer or coach who’s able to challenge the entire spectrum of youth from the young and fragile up to the confident teen. The ultimate-goal is to help students blossom and meet their own particular-goals.