The statistics about teen obesity aren’t encouraging. Not only that, but many teens are experiencing weight related diabetes and even heart problems. These are issues that used to affect only older adults! These health problems are in addition to the social issues obese teenagers can face.
However, even if you aren’t overweight or obese, perhaps you’re looking to get in better shape or just find a fun activity. Whatever your workout needs, I’d recommend you consider running. Obviously consult with your doctor and your parents if you start a new workout plan. However, here are four reasons why teens should take up running.
It’s A Great Workout
Running burns anywhere from eight to twenty calories a minute depending on your speed and weight. Most average runners will probably burn eleven or twelve calories a minute. That’s a very good number for anyone wanting to lose weight. In addition, running strengthens the heart, builds the leg muscles, and leads to cardiovascular endurance.
It Gets You Outdoors
Lots of teens are cooped up playing video games and staring at smart phones. This is bad for you in many ways. Running is a great workout because it gets people outdoors. The fresh air is good for your overall wellness and the negative ions (ask your science teacher) actually help your mental health. So, running outdoors gets you outside and feeling better. Speaking of…
Running Feels Great
Running has been shown to release endorphins in the brain. These are feel good chemicals that your brain releases when you are happy. Thus, running causes the brain to make you feel happy. In fact, there is even a thing called “runners high” because of the endorphins. So, if you’re feeling down or need a mental boost, running can really help (and it’s free).
It’s A Social Workout
Running is one of those workouts that is great when done with a friend. I have many great memories of running outdoors with friends. It’s a great time to discuss your interests or just life in general. Not only that, but having someone to run with can also keep you working harder. You can push your friend and your friend can push you, especially if either of of you feels like quitting.
So, if you are teenager, I’d invite you to consider running as an exercise. I think you’ll find that it helps you be more successful in terms of health and your social life.