Exercise for Teens

Exercise is a good part of a healthy lifestyle. It is an important part of maintaining a healthy balance too. Exercise may seem boring but it can be fun. All you have to do is find the right activity for you.

The NHS recommends that you do an hour of exercise a day and that it should be split between strength, moderate and vigorous activity.

  • Strength – Gymnastics, sit-ups, squats, press-ups, yoga, rock climbing, tennis, weights
  • Moderate – Walking, skateboarding, cycling, riding a scooter,
  • Vigorous – Running, swimming, football, gymnastics, martial arts, cycling, dancing

The best way to work out what you might enjoy is to try it. When picking an activity ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you like doing exercise in a group or on your own?
  • What interests you?

When you have answered these questions, you will have a better idea of what to try. If you are not sure, where you can go and do an activity talk to your P.E. teacher or look online for local groups and classes.

There are some fantastic classes out. If you would rather do a class on your own there are some great free apps that can help too.

Exercise is good but too much exercise is not. If you find yourself getting obsessed with, working out you should talk to an adult. An obsession with exercise can also be a possible sign of an eating disorder. If you are worried about yourself or someone else pleases talk to an adult.