Posted on: 11 September 2020
Many teens participate in organized sports like soccer, basketball, and football. But if your teen is not the type to play organized sports, they may be interested in joining a fitness program instead. These programs come in many shapes and sizes. Some involve a lot of calisthenics and traditional exercises, and others may even take place in a pool. But regardless of the actual exercises the fitness program utilizes, there are some very real benefits of letting your teenage son or daughter join.
Staying fit will help keep them healthy
If your teen is not interested in traditional sports, they will still need to do some exercise to keep healthy. The CDC recommends that children and adolescents get 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily. Most children are not going to go exercise on their own, but enrolling them in a fitness program ensures they get this exercise at least most days of the week. Meeting the exercise recommendations will help them avoid diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity both now and later in life.
They'll learn healthy habits
The habits children develop when young will stick with them later in life. By getting your child involved in fitness now, you can help ensure they remain interested in and dedicated to fitness later in life. It will be easier for them to keep up working out than to develop a new habit of working out in their 30s!
They'll be spending their time doing something productive
If you're like most parents, you're a little worried about how your teen chooses to pass their time. By enrolling them in a fitness program, you're occupying some of their time with a safe, productive activity so they have less time to goof around and potentially make poor choices.
They'll learn to set goals and stick to them
Fitness is all about setting goals and working to achieve them. Your child will learn how to do this and get hands-on practice with it through a fitness program. This ability will serve them well as they move into college or trade school, and also later when they get a job.
If your teenage son or daughter is interested in joining a fitness program, it is definitely something you should let them do. These fitness programs have benefits that go beyond fitness, and that last well into the future.
Reach out to local fitness programs to learn more.Share