Are You Out of Shape?
Teens need regular "aerobic" exercise at least three times a week. That's vigorous, whole body exercise (not just your little finger) kept up for at least 30 minutes. With aerobic exercise:
Aerobic exercise not only burns calories, but also helps your body to keep essential protein and minerals like calcium. It aids digestion and helps give you more energy and endurance.
Exercise can help alleviate depression. Regular exercisers produce greater than normal amounts of beta-endorphin, a hormone that increased pain tolerance, reduces the appetite, controls stress and, in general, improves one's moods.
What are the best kinds of aerobic exercise?
Ones that you enjoy that you are likely to do 3-4 times a week.
Any of these are great:
How to Get Going...
Finding it hard to motivate yourself? Try exercising in a group. Or with
a couple of friends. Join a club or class at the local Y. Take up a sport
How to Keep Going...
Here are some tips to keep you going:
Exercise plays a part in keeping your body clocks ticking in sync with your own personal rhythms - regular aerobic exercise helps you sleep better and wake up refreshed. It also gets you out in the world where you can see new things and meet new people!
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