It’s a great idea to make sure high school kids get the benefits of exercise. With video games, YouTube, Netflix, and other forms of sedentary entertainment, it’s all too easy for young people to develop habits of not exercising.
Regular exercise has numerous physical benefits such as aerobic fitness and increased bone density, as well as mental benefits such as improved academic performance and reduced stress. Furthermore, it has been proven that youth who work out more often are far more likely to sustain healthy habits later in life.
Here’s just a few of the benefits that you’ll be getting with improved health and fitness:
Weight Management – Although diet plays the largest role in preventing obesity, regular exercise is one great way of weight management whether you are striving to lose excess weight or trying to make sure your fat deposits don’t regain on you. Exercise not only assists you in burning extra calories, but it also helps in development of lean muscle mass, which contributes to maintaining a healthy body weight.
Better Protection Against Colds and Diseases – Regular physical activity strengthens the body against common colds and flu’s, and is also known to be helpful in combating against potentially life-threatening diseases and health conditions like cardiovascular issues, certain types of cancers, strokes, type 2 diabetes, and arthritis. Regular physical activity results in improved production of HDL – the healthy kind of cholesterol – helping you live a healthy, disease-free life.
High Energy Levels – Serotonin and endorphins, also known as the “feel-good hormones,” play a vital role in inducing the feelings of happiness and euphoria, countering depression and anxiety in the most natural and effective manner. You don’t necessarily have to spend hours in the gym, either. Simply starting out with a 15-minute walk can set you on the right path.
The “Health Benefits of Exercise for Children & Teenagers” infographic goes into more detail about all of the benefits that being more active can have on well-being.