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Exercise + Teens = Better Grades and Attitudes by Lifestyle Family Fitness

Yes, staying active is important. According to the American Heart Association, teens should raise their heart rates for 20 minutes without stopping, three or more times a week.

How Teens (and Adults) Benefit from Exercise: A common question amongst parents is, “How do I get my teen to exercise?” Getting teens to exercise isn’t too much different than what motivates you, as an adult, to lace up your gym shoes and go for a workout.

Establishing an active lifestyle starts with these three points:

1. Make fitness fun. 2. Develop a motivational support group (once teen finds an activity he or she likes). 3. Establish goals to work toward an accomplishment. That sounds great, but with school, homework, volunteer work, church and other activities filling the schedule — how do you fit in exercise and is it really that important?

• Boosts energy • Increases self-confidence • Reduces stress • Helps with a goodnight’s sleep • Improves cognitive awareness and sharpness — helping students focus on tests and homework • Releases endorphins which decreases anxiety and encourages a positive attitude

Fun Fitness Activities Teens Already Love

• Walk or Go for a Bike Ride – it’s a free and convenient way to chat with friends and get in some good cardio. • Walk the Mall – one thing teen girls love – shopping – now they can accomplish both without breaking a sweat (well, maybe). • Dance and group fitness classes like Zumba, kickboxing, yoga and Pilates. • Team Sports: swimming, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, hockey, rowing and more. • Ice skating or rollerblading. Before starting any exercise program, it’s a good idea for teens and parents to talk to a coach or fitness expert at a gym. He or she can help steer you in an effective

program that’s right for your level of fitness and health condition. An ideal time to explore fitness options with your teen is during the summer when they have more free time to try new activities. Worried about cost? Lifestyle Family Fitness, which has multiple locations throughout Florida, offers a free 2-month gym membership to teens (12-17 years) from May 15 until August 15. Teen memberships provide all-day access to Lifestyle Family Fitness clubs on weekends and access until 4 p.m. on weekdays. Register your teen at a club near you or visit www.lff.com/teen.

Getting in a daily dose of fitness is actually easier than you think. Exercise is more than grabbing a gym bag and lifting weights. There are many day-to-day activities that burn calories, increase heart rate and work up a sweat. One great example parents love: chores! Washing dishes, vacuuming, dusting and more burn sufficient calories — it’s all about multi-tasking.

Pauline Rivkind at Congregation Preschool B’nai Israel Happy, caring environment. You will feel confident leaving your child with us!

Open to the Community CCC Accepted Starting at 12 months old VPK Provider Indoor/Outdoor Play Part time/ Full time Low Teacher to Student Ratio

Creative Curriculum Art/Music/Creative Movement Monday - Thursday, 7:30 am - 6 pm Friday, 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

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1-800-543-3783 | LFF.com

300 58th Street North, St. Petersburg Lic. C000365

www.gulfcoastfamily.org

727-302-9668

Must be 18 years old or at least 12 years of age with parent. Must be local resident. ID required. First time visitors only. Pass must be used in 7 consecutive days. Terms and conditions apply, see club for details.

To advertise, call 727-612-0783

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