Hey Angels and Alphas,
As young people head back to school this fall, parents around the country may be wondering how they can keep their children in shape during the school year. Getting enough exercise and eating healthy meals are essential to kids’ growth and development.
But that’s easier said than done when you’re trying to fit it all into busy schedules that also include school work, extracurricular activities, after-school jobs, and homework. This doesn’t mean you should skip the health stuff altogether, though!
Building the Right Foundation
Creating healthy habits at a young age is crucial for a lifetime of wellness.
A foundation of physical activity and good nutrition provides innumerable benefits, including: improved brain function, decreased risk of chronic diseases, higher grades and test scores, improved mental health, and more. Despite these well-known benefits, less than half of all American high school students get the recommended amount of physical activity each day.
Furthermore, one in three children in the U.S. is obese or overweight. These statistics are alarming and underscore the importance of getting young people on the right track with training and good nutrition.
Adolescent Growth Spurt
During adolescence, young people experience a growth spurt. This rapid increase in height and weight can be accompanied by some awkwardness and clumsiness. Good nutrition and training are essential during this time to help young people develop strong bones, muscles, and joints.
Eating a balanced diet and participating in regular physical activity can also help reduce the risk of developing obesity, type 2 diabetes, and other chronic diseases later in life.
Good nutrition is essential for young people in order to help them grow and develop properly. Without proper nutrition, children can suffer from health problems such as stunted growth, weak bones, and anemia. Additionally, good nutrition is necessary for proper brain development.
Children need protein-rich foods like eggs, beans, nuts, and cheese. Protein provides the building blocks for neurotransmitters that regulate moods and learning abilities. Healthy fats are also important to include in a child’s diet so they can maintain healthy cholesterol levels and have enough energy to play throughout the day.
Mental Health and Physical Performance
Exercise is important for maintaining physical health, but it also has a positive effect on mental health. Being physically active can help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. It can also improve mood, cognitive function, and self-esteem.
Good nutrition is essential for supporting physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight. Eating a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein can help improve energy levels, recover from exercise more quickly, and reduce the risk of injury.
Hydration is one of the most important things for young people, especially when exercising. It’s essential to keep the body temperature regulated and to prevent cramping. Plus, staying hydrated will help improve performance and prevent fatigue.
Drink water before and during exercise, along with electrolytes like potassium or sodium chloride. Dehydration can also be a symptom of serious health problems like diabetes, so it’s best to visit a doctor if you are suffering from dehydration on a regular basis.
Why Exercising Helps Build Confidence
Exercising helps build confidence because it helps people feel good about themselves. When people feel good about themselves, they are more likely to take risks and try new things.
Additionally, exercising releases endorphins, which have mood-boosting effects. Furthermore, people who exercise regularly tend to have more energy and stamina than those who do not exercise, which can lead to improved performance in all areas of life.
Finally, when people see the positive changes that exercise can bring about in their own lives, they are more likely to be motivated to stay active and make healthy choices in other areas of their lives as well.
Carbohydrates – Friend or Foe?
Most people think of carbohydrates as being bad for you, but this isn’t always the case. Carbohydrates are essential for your body to function properly. They are the body’s main source of energy and help to regulate blood sugar levels.
If a person is eating less than they need, or doesn’t have enough access to nutritious food sources (ex: fresh produce), they may be forced to turn to other sources of energy in order to survive. Many young people turn towards unhealthy foods such as fast food, candy bars, sodas and more junk food that offer quick bursts of energy but lack the nutritional benefits necessary for good health.
Junk food is high in calories but low in nutrients which can lead young people on a downward spiral towards obesity and even chronic diseases such as diabetes or heart disease later on in life if they continue with their poor eating habits. Eating well will provide the fuel that you need while training or playing sports so that you can perform at your best!