Today I want to talk about teen fitness, fitness for teenagers, fitness for their body, their mind and their spirit. We know that most teenagers are in school most of the day, most days of the year, and so during that time they are working their mind a lot. So, we will talk a little bit about mental fitness for teenagers, but first, I want to focus on physical fitness for teenagers. I also want to touch a little bit on spiritual fitness for teenagers because if their spirits aren’t lifted, if they’re not encouraged, they’re not going to want to do anything. School is going to become a problem for them. Life in general is going to become a problem for them because their spirits are not lifted. So spiritual fitness is also important, and we can help them with that here at GFI.
Now, I want to focus on physical fitness for teenagers. I’m not talking about teenage athletes because we already know that they’re getting quite a bit of physical fitness, as well as mental fitness. I’m also not talking about college students who are also in school, since those are mostly adults. We will talk more about that later. Today, we want to focus on teenagers who are in middle school or high school, and they are doing a lot of studying, doing a lot of things that are helping them learn. They’re focused on their mental fitness more than their physical fitness, so we want to talk about ways to bring balance to those teenagers who are missing out on physical exercise.
Let’s start with study breaks. We know that this is a good idea because you don’t want to overwork your mind. You need to take a study break sometimes. Now I know that sometimes children may misuse or abuse this opportunity, but we want to help them be effective in their study breaks. So, we suggest that they do some yoga moves, some yoga poses during a study break in order to relax their mind, relax their muscles, as well as do some poses that will stretch them, stretch out their muscles and joints so that they can be energized whenever they get back to their studies. There’s simple things that they can do, like some neck stretches. They can do some poses for relaxation just to help them become more effective when they’re doing their studies.
A lot of times people, including teenagers, say that they don’t have time for exercise and so they don’t do any exercise. The problem with this is when you don’t incorporate exercise every day, you’re going to feel sluggish. You’re going to be moving slowly and taking a long time to complete tasks because you have focus issues sometimes, and you’re just not that into it, basically. Well, if you take the time to exercise, you can improve your energy and ability to get things done.
It doesn’t take a lot of time to exercise. You don’t have to do 30 minutes or an hour sprint. In order to exercise, you can break it up into smaller bits. Five to 10 minutes of exercise can energize you. You can do it two or three times a day during a study break. You can become re-energized, and you’ll be able to work more efficiently. Once you start tapping into the energy that comes along with regular exercise, you’ll be able to move faster and complete your tasks more quickly. Instead of saying that you don’t have time to exercise, TAKE the time to exercise, and you’ll see that you’ll be able to do everything else more efficiently, more effectively because you took the time to exercise.
We want to help teenagers with holistic fitness. We want to make sure that their bodies are fit, their minds are fit, and their spirits are fit. We mentioned it before that your spirit is the most important part because if your spirits aren’t lifted, if you’re not motivated to do anything, then everything else you try to do is going to suffer. So, we want to make sure that there’s a balance for the body, the mind, and the spirit, and we want to make sure that teenagers have this balance because it’s not just for adults, it’s for teenagers, too, because they’re going through a lot. They’re stressed out a lot, with all of the school work and demands that they face from their teachers, and from their parents. So, they’re feeling this pressure, but exercise and holistic fitness can help them navigate effectively, everything that’s being thrown at them. We just want to encourage some teenagers today to get some exercise every day so it can help them in their everyday life.