Teenage obesity rates have skyrocketed over the last few years. And, although teenage obesity that goes unaddressed leads to awful health problems down the line, it goes beyond health problems. Being too overweight can lead to low self-esteem, bullying, and other social problems.
While diet plays a big role too, one way to lose weight, sculpt your body, and look better is to get fit. So, here are simple fitness tips for teens that anyone can do.
Most people think exercise has to involve running a marathon or joining a sports team. However, exercise is simply burning calories. So, unless you really want to or feel motivated, there’s no need to join a gym, play a sport, or become a huge fitness competitor.
Just moving more will burn calories and help get you in shape. Go for a walk, mow the lawn, clean your room, or do anything that gets you away from the TV or the phone and moving.
Workout With A Friend
It’s usually hard to get motivated when you’re only pushing yourself. However, a little teamwork can go a long way in helping you get off your butt and stick with a routine. I run with my brother and it helps when I’m running out of energy that there’s someone else pushing me.
So, if you need to get in shape, talk to a friend and come up with a routine together. Then encourage and push each other, especially when you really need the help.
Join A Sports Team
Although it might not be for everyone, sports teams in school are a great way to get in shape. They’re often physically demanding and the coaches and other teammates are there to push you to your limits.
In fact, joining a team might help get you in the best shape of your life since the conditioning can be pretty intense.
Even if you’re not great at a sport, just give it a try. You might become really good and find a talent you never knew you had.
Don’t Give Up
Finally, as with anything, you’ll only accomplish your goals if you stick with them. Losing weight and getting in better shape is a process. It takes awhile and it’s easy to feel stuck and lose hope.
So, don’t give up when it seems like there is no hope. Stick with your fitness plan, don’t beat yourself when you fail, and always pick yourself up.
These teen fitness tips should help you at least get started. Above all, just do it. Don’t put it off until tomorrow. Research routines and plans today. And, always consult with a doctor before starting any fitness regimen.