The Important of Exercise

Michael Soreng

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As the New Year rolls along, the most common resolution is to get fit, but are teenagers getting enough exercise in a day to be healthy?

According to, “According to the study published on Pediatrics, teens on average only spend 39.4 minutes of the entire day being active.”

That number, 39.4 minutes, is below the recommended time teens should be active. According to, it is recommended that teens get at least one hour of physical activity on most preferable days.

The statistics don’t lie in the fact that on average teens are not getting enough exercise.

Junior Nebiu Gebrehana says, “Teens in the 21st century have too many distractions and lack of knowledge when it comes to exercise. Teens nowadays have devices and extracurricular activities that rank the level of exercise below them. Teens also would feel that because their bodies aren’t fat, they are ‘fit’ and don’t need exercise.”

While Mr. Larry Austin, health teacher, says, “Mainly in the state of Maryland physical education is a half a credit class. So it’s basically looked upon any other elective ‘I just got to take it and get it over with and I’m done with it forever,’ that’s not enough time to build up the effective value of exercise. Everybody’s metabolism goes really fast at this age, so body image, though it might be more concerned about a pimply face or bad hair and stuff like that, the majority of kids don’t have an actual adult body image issue. They don’t take note that it is actually something they need to focus on.  So, in addition to not getting exposed to the teen related fitness, in addition to not having an intrinsic want of doing it, it slows them down.”

The priority level just isn’t there for some teens. Lack of exercise could lead to health problems in the future such as obesity.

Austin says, “One of the bigger things is keeping your joints and your flexibility at a certain level, it reduces your chances of injury. Health related illnesses also, just even getting sick; people tend to get sick less. Just having enough core strength just to get through the end of the day helps later in life.  We’re already exposed to the ‘couch potato syndrome’ of the millennium, text messaging, social media, just sitting around the couch watching reality shows. So getting out and active 60 minutes a day, or 30 minutes a day, depending on your age and gender, is something that you can’t really put enough value on.

As you can tell exercise is something that affects your entire life. It’s something that is worth considering to add in your daily schedule.

Gebrehana says, “Don’t force yourself to workout, but gradually let in exercises into your schedule throughout your days. Find a nearby gym or go for a bike ride a few times a week. [Do] push-ups and sit-ups at home while watching TV.”

There are many ways to exercise and you are even able to do them at the comfort of your home. But the important thing is to remember what lack of exercise can do to your bodies later in life.