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For most children and teens, summer is something they look forward to all school year. They dream of a lazy moment, with dreams of playing all day, having fun, and going to bed late.

But after a while, these activities become monotonous and your teenager gets bored.

So how do you avoid the dreaded “I’m bored!” ? You can help overcome this by creating an environment that promotes activity and exercise. By creating a home environment that encourages movement and exercise, you are providing your teen with the tools to make healthy life choices for life.

By developing a lifelong strategy that includes regular exercise, you are instilling the tools necessary to combat the dreaded “boredom” and alleviate stress in your teens and children.

To develop an active lifestyle, start by setting a good example yourself. For example, exercising in front of your teen is a great way to establish the importance of regular physical activity.

The CDC or Center for Disease Control recommends that children and teens between the ages of 6 and 17 get 60 minutes of activity per day, with teens needing more than 3 days of muscle-strengthening exercise per week for healthy optimal.

Regular exercise has many benefits for your teen including;

  • Improved cardiovascular fitness
  • Build strong bones and muscles
  • appetite control
  • Aids in digestive function
  • Improved moods
  • Reduced risk of anxiety and depression
  • Reduced risk of serious health complications such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer, obesity and high blood pressure

To get the most out of activity and exercise, there are three categories to target each week.

Aerobic: Teens should participate in at least 45 to 60 minutes of activity that elevates their cardiovascular and respiratory function every other day, at least three times a week. Running, basketball, soccer, biking, skating, swimming, surfing, and hiking are all great examples of aerobic activities.

Muscle strengthening: When people think of bodybuilding, they think of weights. But the reality is that you can get many benefits from strength training by doing bodyweight exercises like push-ups, pull-ups, and squats. Muscle strengthening exercises should be done for 60 minutes a day, 3 times a week.

Bone Strengthening: Bone strengthening activities are those that provide enough force to the body to harden and strengthen the bone. Anaerobic activities that are explosive in nature, such as short sprints, tennis, basketball, and jump rope, are good examples of these types of activities. It is recommended to perform bone-strengthening activities for 60 minutes a day, 3 times a week.

Creating an environment that supports activity and a healthy lifestyle goes beyond exercise. Exercise releases powerful neurochemicals in the brain that are essential for well-being and happiness.

Additionally, as the adolescent body is flooded with hormones, having an outlet such as regular exercise helps create homeostasis, or balance, in body chemicals.

Regular exercise is also a significant stress reducer. Often, in times of stress, adults find ways to cope through self-medication, such as drinking alcohol. For teens, learning to be active creates a healthy strategy to reduce stress for life.

Problems associated with inactivity in adolescents

The health impacts of a sedentary life without regular exercise in adolescents can become significant.

Teens who don’t exercise regularly are at greater risk of developing energy imbalances, higher rates of obesity and high blood pressure, increased risk of certain cancers, bone marrow impairment that leads to osteoporosis and an increased risk of depression.

Conversely, active adolescents consistently display greater cognitive abilities, better academic performance, better classroom behavior, and report higher self-esteem and an engaging social life.

For teens struggling, either physically or emotionally, sometimes more than exercise may be needed.

If so, there are different treatment options to consider. You may consider outpatient treatment programs in the Los Angeles County area to diagnose and resolve several issues before considering seeking treatment in areas outside the county, such as inpatient total rehabilitation options in Los Angeles County. Sonoma or others statewide.

The benefit of seeking out-of-county treatment options is to remove your teen from those stimuli that may be a trigger for these issues.

Creating an active lifestyle for you and your teens will give you the best opportunity for optimal health and the tools to help you overcome stress while boosting your mood. But, sometimes there are more difficult needs, and it may be necessary to consider the right kind of assistance, help, and treatment options.

The key to living well is activity, and it’s easier to build positive, healthy habits in adolescence than later in life, so get up, move and teach your teens to fight the blues of the summer.

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