Created on: January 03, 2013 Last Updated: April 08, 2013
Teens often need a little help to get motivated to move and be active. Exercise can be seen as boring and far too much like hard work for some teens. However, it is important for teens to get regular exercise in order to stay fit and healthy. With modern gadgets and devices taking up a huge portion of teens lives it is even more important to get them up and moving. This can actually be as hard as it seems, as teens are reluctant to take part in anything recommended by parents. The very idea of exercise is likely to be responded to with disdain.
How can you get you teen to exercise?
The importance of exercise
Teens are at a transitional stage of life where there are many physical changes taking place. Skin is prone to acne due to hormone levels changing frequently. A sedentary lifestyle also doesn't help with overall appearance and energy levels. However, teens become self-conscious of their self-image and this can greatly impact mood and general emotional well-being. With this in mind, exercise is important to not only improve energy levels and enhance skin luminously it also proves to improve mood as endorphin's are released.
How to get your teen interested in exercise
It is all good and well to know that exercise is good for you and boasts many benefits; however, this means nothing to the average teen. No amount of persuasion or educating your teen on the advantages of exercise is going to make any difference. You need more than that to get your teen away from digital devices to actively take part in exercise. You need to be crafty and with this refrain from lecturing your teen about the advantages of exercise or the importance. This can only serve to make your teen switch off and be even more dissuaded. Instead you need to find ways to actually get your teen interested in exercise.
Make exercise mandatory
So, you may not be able to get your teen to partake in regular exercise immediately, however, you can encourage it sneakily. Instead of using the car, walk instead, as this means that your teen has no other option but to walk. This becomes mandatory and in time can become a way of life. Walking is a great way to get some fresh air and exercise and provides a good way to relieve stress. It is amazing just how energizing walking can actually be. Even if your teen is listening to music, this can only encourage walking more. Make walking a way of life to allow your teen to get some exercise which will become natural.
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