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Physical Activity for Teens


Exercise is any physical activity that improves or maintains general health and fitness and well-being. It may be a cardiovascular activity like running, jogging, walking, bicycling, tennis, golf, hockey, bowling, or swimming; an aerobic activity such as jogging, walking, cycling, dancing, or yoga; or a muscular action, such as weight training, swimming, or martial arts. There are many types of exercise, some more popular than others. Exercise can be done by using specific equipment, doing it alone, or in a group (such as a fitness club), or it can be a regular part of a person’s daily routine. Some people exercise to manage or control high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, insomnia, and even to lose some weight. Exercise also helps relieve stress.

The most common physical activity associated with exercise is cardiovascular conditioning, which improves the heart’s pumping ability and lowers blood pressure. Cardiovascular conditioning also improves the body’s metabolic functions and reduces the risk of heart disease. Aerobic exercise is considered to be a safe and effective way to achieve these benefits because it burns calories and increases fat metabolism. Resistance training increases muscle mass, which is one of the primary mechanisms for fat loss. Many people choose to do strength training after they complete their aerobic exercise program for health and fitness purposes.

Teenagers frequently experience muscle strains and sprains, and they need to be cautious about any exercise that could cause them to sprains. Before beginning any exercise program, teens should consult with a physician to make sure that there are no symptoms that may indicate that a teen may have a serious condition such as a sprain or a fracture. In addition, during the first few weeks after a sprained or strained muscle, stretching and deep tissue massage might be beneficial. If there is pain or swelling following a workout, it is best to avoid further activity until it subsides.

Children aged five to fourteen years are the age when many children begin to actively develop a physical interest in sports and other physical activity. Unfortunately, during this time of development, children can be susceptible to the common athletic injuries that occur during games and physical activity. Many of these injuries can occur during the months of August to October. During this time of year, many schools and local gyms offer swimming lessons for kids. These lessons are designed to help kids learn how to swim and participate in swimming-based fitness programs.

Children who are diagnosed with medical conditions are often encouraged to start an exercise program in order to keep them healthy. Parents of children with medical conditions should monitor the child’s exercise program, especially if the child is not eating properly or taking their medications on time. Some children have issues such as sleep apnea or other medical conditions that make exercise difficult or impossible. Asking the advice of a family physician or a pediatrician can ensure the safety and success of any exercise program.

Exercise and physical activity are very important for all types of people, regardless of age, gender, or health status. With proper encouragement, most adolescents and adults can get started on a regular exercise routine. In fact, exercising has positive benefits for most individuals. Physical activity can prevent and relieve many types of diseases and medical conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, and even weight gain and obesity. Exercise and healthy eating are two important components for staying fit and healthy.

Provided by Big Blue Swim School, offering children swim lessons

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