Encouraging your teen to be active can be a challenging task. Between school, part-time jobs, extracurricular activities and more, finding time to work in the recommended one hour of activity each day can seem overwhelming and impossible for teens. But beyond busy schedules, many teens choose to spend free time participating in sedentary activities, including texting and television. With youth and adolescent obesity rates currently at such a high ranking in the United States, finding simple ways for teens to work in daily activity is a must.
While some teens remain active through organized sports into adulthood, others simply are not getting enough activity at all. Teens can work in the daily recommended amount of exercise in almost any way, from running or lifting weights to swimming, playing basketball, dancing and more. Encouraging teens to find an active hobby they enjoy is a simple way to increase their activity levels. The key is not to tell teens how to reach the minimum amount of exercise, just make the goal they should aim for clear.
One of the best and easiest things parents can do is to lead by example. Showing teens firsthand the positive benefits of being active can avoid the “Do as I say, not as I do” approach.
Getting active can help teens lower their risk of serious diseases, improve self-confidence and decrease stress and anxiety. Finding fun ways to add in fitness to your teen’s weekly schedule is a great way to help develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime.
NAC Scene is back! Starting March 4, every Friday from 7:00-10:00pm teens are welcome to NAC Scene, a fun, free way for teens to get active with their friends. Parents or teens can register at the Program Desk or walk-in Friday nights. Click here to learn more.