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Teens need to learn now to make exercise a part of their everyday lives

Teens need to learn now to make exercise a part of their everyday lives

November 25, 2008|By KEITH SANDELL / Pulse Correspondent

In our society today there is a lot of new technology that keeps us entertained. These are things like TVs, iPods, computers and video games, to name a few. All this technology is great, but because we have all of this entertainment we forget to exercise.

But is exercising really worth it? I mean does exercising have any real advantages? Yes, exercising has many benefits some short-term and some long-term benefits, but the first step is getting off the couch.

Exercising can be as easy as getting up to change the channel instead of using the remote or just taking a five-minute walk.

Caleb Serafini, a junior at Grace Academy, believes when it comes to exercise teamwork is best. "It's easier to maintain a routine when you exercise with friends, and it's more fun," he said.

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One of the short-term benefits, which might sound obvious, is that you lose weight. According to the Web site FamilyDoctor.org, when you exercise not only do you burn calories, but you can also increase your metabolic rate. Your metabolic rate is the speed that your body burns calories naturally, without doing anything. Basically if you have a higher metabolic rate then it will be harder to gain weight, and if you have a lower metabolic rate it'll be easier to gain weight. So with an increased metabolic weight, your body will be able to lose weight and keep it off.

Another amazing thing about exercise is that it can make you can look better. With exercise your body becomes more toned, thus making you look physically healthier.

Another obvious short-term effect of exercising regularly is that your body will be in better shape. According to the Web site, www.medicinenet.com, your joints, bones and muscles become stronger and your heart and lungs run more efficiently the more you exercise. This leads to your body having more energy and endurance.

In addition, regular exercise might be able to help you fall asleep and stay asleep better. If you want to improve your sleep, engage in a late afternoon exercise for about a half an hour, according to www.mayoclinic.com. Exercising treats stress and helps combat the feelings of anxiety and depression. When you exercise you stimulate brain chemicals called endorphins, which can make you feel better. If you're feeling stressed out from school, homework or anything else, exercising can improve your mood, according to www.teenshealth.org.

Peter Hykes, a ninth-grader from Grace Academy, thinks that when exercising "try and have fun when you exercise."

As well as these short-term benefits, there are many long-term benefits to exercising regularly.

One of these benefits is that exercising regularly decreases your risk of certain ailments like heart disease (the No. 1 killer in America) and diabetes, according to www.americanheart.org.

Plus you can lower your bad cholesterol, increase your good cholesterol and lower your blood pressure. Those things might not sound to important now, but trust me later your body will thank you for exercising. With all these advantages exercising seems like a good thing to do every day.

And when you're out, Kenny Frederickson, a junior at Grace Academy, suggests: "Drink lots of fluids and stay hydrated when exercising."

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