Exercise is a key component to maintaining a healthy body.


Why is exercise important?

Staying healthy is important! Establishing healthy habits, like exercising, will keep you healthy as you grow. Reach for 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity (movement of the body) on a daily basis. Incorporate aerobics and age-appropriate muscle and bone–strengthening activities at least 3 days a week, since peak bone mass is obtained by the end of adolescence.

Exercising can help you:

  • Feel less stressed
  • Feel better about yourself
  • Feel more ready to learn in school
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Build strong bones, muscles, and joints
  • Sleep better at night

Running, hopping, skipping, jumping rope, swimming, dancing, and bicycling in bouts of at least 10 minutes or more.

Having muscles do more than they usually do. Playing with equipment during sports, doing sit-ups, or can be structured, like lifting weights (adolescents usually don’t need structured since they do unstructured activities with resistance to their own body movement).

Activities that promote bone growth are similar to being aerobic and muscle strengthening. The activities usually have an impact with the ground, like basketball or jumping.