Finding Time for Fitness

FitnessExercise is good for you – that’s a no brainer, right? But how can you fit it into your day when you’re already maxed out with school, activities and homework? Here’s how:

5 Ways for Teens to fit in 60 Minutes of Exercise per day:

1. Break up 60 minutes throughout the day
If you cannot manage to do a 60 minute workout, break it up into workouts of 15+ minutes.

2. Incorporate physical activity into daily routines
Instead of taking the elevator, take the stairs. Try taking short walks during your study breaks.

3. Sign up for a club or sport
Find a sport or club that involves physical activity a few times a week. There are a variety of activities you can join that can suit your schedule and that you will likely enjoy doing; swimming lessons, dance classes, karate etc.

4. Set a time limit for use of electronics
Most teenagers spend a good amount of time in front of a TV or using their cellphones/computers. By minimizing the time you spend in front of a screen, you will have spare time to exercise.

5. Find alternative ways to get where you’re going
When warm weather comes around, instead of taking the bus or train to most places, try to walk and/or ride a bike to your destination.

5 Benefits of Exercise:

1. Exercise helps to combat health conditions and diseases
Being physically active decreases your risk of stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression and certain types of cancers.

2. Improves your mood
Physical activity stimulates brain chemicals that can help you feel happier and/or more relaxed. Exercising on a daily basis can also help you feel better about your appearance which can improve your confidence and self-esteem.

3. Boosts your energy
Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and increase your endurance. Exercise helps to carry oxygen and nutrients to your tissues. As a result your heart and lungs work more efficiently, which gives you more energy throughout the day.

4. Helps to maintain a healthy weight
Exercise helps prevent excess weight gain or helps to maintain weight loss. When you exercise, you burn calories. The amount of calories burned depends on the intensity of the activity.

5. Strengthen your bones and muscles
Exercising on a daily basis helps to maintain bone density as you get older, and it can also lessen joint pain.