The importance of exercising

Jogging is an easy way to exercise for teenagers.

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Jogging is an easy way to exercise for teenagers.

Exercise is a key component to maintaining a healthy lifestyle for people of all ages, especially teenagers. With many benefits that can improve your physical and mental health, life length, and mood, it is an important aspect that should be developed into every teens’ life.

Making an effort to exercise can help to maintain a healthy weight and improve your overall health. It can also be a healthy outlet to relieve day to day stress and to allow oneself to take the time to think about everything going on, or momentarily forget the things that may be inducing stress.

According to Stanford Children’s Health, it is recommend that the average teenager “completes 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity on most days to maintain good health and fitness, and for healthy weight during growth.”

Great options for easy exercises include running, walking, swimming, biking, dancing, hiking, sports practices, and climbing stairs.

While exercising on a regular basis is good for the body, over-exercising or an obsession with working out can form and become a problem that can be difficult to escape. Losing too much weight in an unhealthy way can be detrimental to one’s overall well-being, making it important to understand what is the body’s limit. It is also important to maintain a healthy relationship with food while exercising and doing workouts that are best suited for your body.

University of Rochester Medical Center lists a few of the benefits to regularly exercise, including: improving blood circulation throughout the body, improving blood cholesterol levels, managing and preventing high blood pressure, preventing bone loss, releasing tension, improving enthusiasm and depression, improving the ability to fall asleep quickly and sleep well and much more.

According to one of their studies, “for teens, daily exercise may help prevent conditions such as weight gain, high blood pressure, and abnormal cholesterol levels, as well as poor lifestyle habits that lead to heart attack and stroke later in life.”

Anxiety is a very common mental illness, and people of all ages suffer from all different levels of intensity. Exercise can relieve tension and stress.

HelpGuide found exercising can break the cycle of tense muscles, as well as “releasing endorphins in the brains. Because the body and mind are so closely linked, when your body feels better so, too, will your mind.”

Another benefit to exercising is the possibility of longevity. A study by Blueprint Income found that doing the recommended moderate or vigorous exercise per week has the potential to add approximately three to four extra yers to one’s life.

After completing any type of physical exertion, it is important to drink a decent amount of water. WebMD states teens should drink about six to eight cups of water a day. Soon after or during a workout, it should be a goal to drink a half cup to two cups of water every 15 to 20 minutes.

Exercise can be beneficial to the body, both physically and mentally, proving its importance to incorporate into one’s lifestyle. Instituting a workout regime as a teen can implement a greater chance of continuing exercise throughout adulthood.

While exercising on a regular basis is good for the body, over-exercising or an obsession with working out can form and become a problem that can be difficult to escape. Losing too much weight in an unhealthy way can be detrimental to one’s overall well-being, making it important to understand what is the body’s limit. It is also important to maintain a healthy relationship with food while exercising and doing workouts that are best suited for your body.

HelpGuide found exercising can break the cycle of tense muscles, as well as “releasing endorphins in the brains. Because the body and mind are so closely linked, when your body feels better so, too, will your mind.”