Physical activity is important, especially in the teenage years, as it helps with proper growth and development. It also improves mental health and cognitive function. However, in modern society, teens tend to be less involved in physical activities, which can be detrimental for their health.
Facts on Physical Activity
Only 24% of children aged 6-17 engage in the recommended 1 hour hour of physical activity per day.
Only half of high school students attended physical education classes each week in 2017
15.5% of high schoolers were obese in 2019.
Physical Activity Tips
Aerobic (cardio): most of your 60 minutes per day of excercise should be aerobic. This includes:
Muscle/bone strengthening: include it in your 60 minutes or more of exercise at least 3 days a week.
Effects of Physical Inactivity
Increased risk of obesity
Increased risk of cardiovascular disease
Increased risk of type 2 diabetes
Increased risk of cancers
Becoming More Physically Active
Limit screen time: Limit the time spent surfing the web, playing video games, watching TV, etc. to no more than 2 hours per day.
Join a sports team or a gym
Make an excercise routine: aim for 60 minutes of excercise per day.
Do what you enjoy: any excercise you do is good, so the one you enjoy the most will be most likely what you will do on a regular basis.
The benefits of becoming more physically active:
Improved mental health
Improved cognitive function
Improved physical health, short and long term
Asking the Experts
Coach Michael Sessa
Physical Education Teacher
American Heritage School
Q: How important do you think physical activity is for teens?