Adolescents (13+ years old)
Developmentally, adolescents are experiencing puberty and bodily changes as they mature into young adults. You'll likely notice them grow much taller and stronger.
Experts recommend 30-60 minutes of physical activity for adolescents. By this age, allow your teen to choose their own activities, based on their interests—but make sure they're age-appropriate. Some ideas include jogging and running, competitive sports, fitness classes, gymnastics, bicycling, and exercise videos.
As a parent, be a resource and support your child's activity choices. Try to provide her with the equipment and transportation necessary to reach her goals. Ensure that your teen exercises vigorously at least 3 days per week.
Now that you know how much activity your child needs, the following articles will help you get started:
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Article created on: 12/5/2006
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