As teens grow and go through body changes, it's easy for them to develop unhealthy outlooks on health, fitness and exercise. To avoid negative exercise habits, encourage teens to look at exercise as a way to feel better and more comfortable in their skin, instead of as a method to conform to what they think their bodies should look like. Unless you've consulted with a medical professional, don't put fitness in terms of how much weight they want to lose. Instead, focus on becoming quicker, stronger or having more endurance. Goal setting is very important for teens, and it will keep them exercising and enjoying a healthy lifestyle into adulthood.
Most teens spend countless hours each week sitting behind a computer screen and playing video games. Doctors recommend that teens age 13 to 18 get at least one hour of moderate to vigorous physical activity most days of the week. The minimum amount should be 30 minutes three times a week. Teens who play sports may already get plenty of exercise in their practices and games. Any regular physical exercise for 30 to 60 minutes a few days a week will improve his health and fitness level. Here are a few fun ways for your teen to get the recommended amounts of exercise every day:. Use what tools are available in your community already.
Examination of a sociocultural model of excessive exercise among male and female adolescents.
Eating disorders like anorexia nervosa AN and bulimia nervosa BN are a growing problem amongst teens today. In fact, one report says that 1 or 2 out of every students will deal with one. Both eating disorders are characterized by extremes. Extremes in the way your teen may think about food as well as their eating behavior. In an attempt to control what your teen may see as out-of-control eating, they might restrict certain foods like carbs or fats at an extreme level.
Exercise and nutrition are foundational to good health, but extreme behaviors can be a red flag indicating unhealthy behaviors. Examples of this include excessive exercise, weight obsessions, bulimia, anorexia and binge eating disorders. Negative health effects develop when exercise or nutrition are taken to extremes.