Exercise doesn’t have to be super intense or intimidating. The CDC
recommends that teens receive
60 minutes of exercise a day, however, these 60 minutes can be
achieved in many different ways throughout the day. Below are several fun and
easy tips you can utilize to be physically active and get your heart pumping,
while also having fun!
A positive attitude is key to a happy, active lifestyle! Find an
exercise that you enjoy, whether that be dancing, hiking, walking your dog,
shooting hoops with friends or bike riding. Engaging in activities that you
like will make those minutes fly by!
Make Small Changes To Your Daily Routine
These can be simple changes that make a huge impact. Some examples
are; skipping the bus and walking to school, if you drive to school - parking
further out in the parking lot to gain more steps, taking the stairs instead of
elevators/escalators, walking with friends (or your pet) after school and the
list goes on. Be creative and make positive changes to your daily routine!
Aerobic Activities Are A Plus!
Additionally, throughout the week it is important to include
aerobic activities as part of your exercise regime. The CDC recommends that
aerobic exercise be incorporated three days a week.
Aerobic activities increase your heart rate and your fitness level
while also burning body fat!
Some examples of aerobic activities include: basketball, running,
swimming, and fitness classes
(Zumba, Full-Body Bootcamp, HIIT).
Strength Training Is Key
Aside from cardio-induced exercise, it is important to strengthen
your muscles and get stronger as you continue to grow. The CDC recommends that
muscle/strength training be integrated into your exercise routine three days a
week. Examples of strength training are; sit-ups, push-ups, gymnastics, and
weight lifting (if age appropriate).
By incorporating some of these simple tips into your lifestyle,
and including 60 minutes of exercise into your daily routine, you too can lead
a healthy, happy and active lifestyle!