Exercise is any physical activity that improves or maintains general health and well being and physical fitness. It is usually associated with an outdoor activity like running, jogging, or exercising on a bicycle. There are many forms of exercise, some associated with sports and some with more relaxed activities.
Regular exercise improves the function of the cardiovascular system and increases lung capacity through exercise. It can also improve the functioning of the digestive system and reduce the risk of colon cancer and decrease the risk of hypertension. It is also believed to be good for the mental health and can increase confidence, promote weight loss, reduce the risk of depression and anxiety and increase productivity. There is some evidence that regular exercise prevents or at least delays the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.
The most important benefit of physical fitness is improved health. However, all exercise does not result in improvements in all health indicators. Some types of exercise may have positive effects on the heart and lungs but do not promote longevity or improve cardiovascular fitness. For example, moderate aerobic exercise has been shown to be beneficial to the heart and lungs but does not affect bone mass or body composition.
Physical fitness is essential for adolescents. Inactivity is common among adolescents and there is a strong link between lack of physical activity and increased risk of chronic diseases. For this reason, teenagers should participate in a number of different types of physical activity. Not all exercise programs are the same for every teenager. The amount and type of exercise needed and the frequency of exercise should change with age for each teen.
Aerobic exercises include those that require you to breathe heavily and use your entire body to move the object. Anaerobic exercises are those that involve short bursts of activity using your entire body but involve fewer muscles. Aerobic exercises are the foundation for a healthy adult.
Martial arts is another area that is recommended for teens to participate in a workout routine. Strength training exercises, such as jogging, walking, and running can be done on their own. These types of exercises will get their teen into shape but will not be very strenuous. Martial arts exercises are very rigorous and will build stamina, agility, balance, and core strength which will help to protect adolescents against common life threatening injuries.
Activities that build endurance are very important for the body’s long-term health. Aerobic endurance activities include running, swimming, and cycling. These types of exercise will help to promote bone growth, increase bone density, improve cardiovascular health, increase metabolism, reduce the risk of heart disease, and increase lung capacity. Martial arts training will help adolescents develop muscular endurance. This type of martial arts training will be very beneficial to an athlete looking to increase his or her strength, coordination, speed, and agility.
It is important to remember that any type of physical activities should be approached cautiously. Teenagers have a tendency to use exercise as a means to relax. Exercise programs should be thought of as a tool to help adolescents develop healthy eating habits, mental health, and body composition. Exercises should be performed in moderation and in conjunction with other types of healthy lifestyle choices. Your child’s exercise program should be fun and rewarding for him or her!