Exercising can seem like a hassle for many of us. It requires you to take precious time out of your day that you would rather be using for something else. With school being so demanding in our daily lives, it is hard for us to find time to exercise. However, regular exercise is very important in helping to maintain a teenager’s mental and physical health, and it should somehow be managed into everybody’s daily life, whether it be through sports or home workouts.
There are many different types of exercise that teenagers can try, such as aerobic exercise. Aerobic exercise focuses on strengthening the heart and improving oxygen delivery to the whole body by increasing your heart and breathing rate. If you have good aerobic fitness, then you will be able to stay physically active for longer durations without fatigue. Activities that work your aerobic fitness include hockey, soccer, rowing, basketball, tennis, dancing, swimming, runnin and biking. Aerobic exercises you can do at home include jumping jacks, squats, push-ups, running in place and jumping rope.
Another type of physical workout is anaerobic exercise. The goal of anaerobic exercise is to promote strength, speed and power in order to build muscle. Anaerobic exercises do not focus on endurance, rather on intense intervals of physical exertion. Anaerobic exercise is important because it builds strong muscles that can protect the joints from injury. In addition, since muscle uses more calories than fat, anaerobic exercise can be used as a way to control your weight. Examples of anaerobic exercises include push-ups, pull-ups, squats, leg raises and crunches.
An improved mental health is one direct result of these exercises. For instance, exercises help to improve mental heath by encouraging the production of endorphins, which are chemicals that improve mood. Furthermore, exercises help lower your risk of depression while promoting self-esteem, self-confidence and restful sleep. The overall result here is enhanced performance in school and a better mental health.
Another benefit of exercises is an increased physical health. Exercises help increase your muscle mass, which helps to prevent joint injuries as well as keeping your weight under control. Exercises help to provide better circulation of blood and oxygen by strengthening your heart and your lungs. Finally, regular exercise has the ability to prevent a plethora of diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, heart diseases, stroke, colon cancer, breast cancer and osteoporosis.
Despite the potential inconvenience of exercise in our daily lives, it is still very important. It helps to promote better mental and physical health, which are essentials throughout our lives. I, myself, have tried to incorporate exercise into my life by joining crew, and I encourage others to join your school sports as well. They provide you with a relaxing feeling that gets you away from your stresses in life. Ultimately, I encourage everybody, both teens and adults to pursue a lifestyle that includes physical activities so they can live a little happier.
Michael Kahn is a sophomore at Rhinebeck High School. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.