5 Ways Exercise Can Help Teens

15 Sep 5 Ways Exercise Can Help Teens

We all know that exercise is good for us; some of us also know that we should incorporate it into our lives more often. But what does exercise mean for our teens? It’s extremely important for their physical and mental health—here’s why.

5 Ways Exercise Can Help Teens

By Alyse Kotyk

Wondering about all of the benefits exercising provides for teens? Here are some of the ways it can help.

  • 1. Relieves Stress

    By Alyse Kotyk

    [Studies show](http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/stress/2013/exercise.aspx) that exercise can help to reduce stress levels. Some forms of exercise, like yoga or martial arts, incorporate mindfulness and meditation into their practice which also help increase feelings of peacefulness. So, even though it adds another thing to your teen's to-do list, encourage them to add regular fitness to their schedule to help lower those tensions and anxiety.

  • 2. Boosts Academic Performance

    By Alyse Kotyk

    Did you know that regular exercise can help with focus and increases oxygen to the brain? [This helps with problem-solving, creativity and critical thinking](http://teens.webmd.com/benefits-of-exercise?page=3), which can boost your teen's academic performance.

  • 3. Improves Sleep Patterns

    By Alyse Kotyk

    Regular moderate to vigorous exercise [helps to regulate sleep patterns.](http://www.helpguide.org/articles/exercise-fitness/emotional-benefits-of-exercise.htm) This important for teens because they need a significant amount of sleep every night. It helps to do this exercise in the morning or afternoon, so try to discourage late night fitness activities; otherwise, the increase of heart rate, energy levels and endorphins might keep your teen awake later.

  • 4. Boosts Physical Health

    By Alyse Kotyk

    Of course, some of the [clearest benefits of regular exercise are the physical ones.](http://www.livestrong.com/article/476879-why-is-exercise-important-to-teenagers/) Your teen will enjoy benefits such as healthy weight, bones, muscles and joints. They will also have lowered risks of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and even some types of cancer.

  • 5. Supports Mental Health

    By Alyse Kotyk

    Physical fitness [increases endorphins in the brain.](http://www.livestrong.com/article/476879-why-is-exercise-important-to-teenagers/) These chemicals help to improve moods and can boost confidence and reduce depression. Not only will exercise help your teen feel better physically, but emotionally and mentally as well.

 

Feature image iko / Shutterstock

 



Who answers?