Move more in 2018: Teens need 60 minutes of exercise daily

By Lydia Pankratz
Times-News correspondent


Teens need 60 minutes of exercise daily. [Metro Creative Graphics

   Teenagers should get at least 60 minutes of   physical activity daily.
So if your New Year’s resolution was to   exercise more, here are a few tips from   Seventeen magazine on how to break up those   60 minutes:
• Go for a 15-minute walk before school or   between classes.
• Take a 30-minute break from studying after   school to go for a quick run or swim.
• Before calling it a night, relax with a few yoga poses.
Physical activity can improve your mental   health as well as reduce stress, improve sleep,   reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression   and increase self-esteem.
Being fit as a teen has benefits later in life, too.
“Fit teenagers are less likely to have heart attacks later in life,” according to researchers in Sweden. Their study looked at nearly 750,000 men and found those who were aerobically fit in their later teenage years were less likely to have a heart attack 30 or 40 years later, according to a 2014 article in
Self-discipline is essential when it comes to making any lifestyle change, including fitness.
Lack of self-discipline is the reason that 80 percent of Americans don’t keep their New Year’s resolutions, according to the U.S. News and World Report.
As former president Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt once said, “with self-discipline, all things are possible. Without it, the simplest goal can seem like the impossible dream.”

Lydia Pankratz is a home-schooled high school senior and a Teens & 20s writer. Charity Apple, Accent editor and volunteer Teens & 20s adviser, contributed to this story.

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