Teen Fitness

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.

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