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Over eighty percent of teens are not getting enough exercise in the USA. Over 4 out of five children are not obtaining enough exercise that is negatively impacting them : socially, physically, and mentally.

Physical activity and exercise with youth and adults is connected with better heart, and respiratory function, mental health and cognitive activity with children ,teens, and adults.

Teen inactivity or sedentary lifestyle that may become adult sedentary habits is the fourth leading cause of mortality worldwide. Diabetes and heart disease is on the rise due to lack of exercise and inactivity and here are the items that are assisting in the inactivity: social media, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Tic toc, YouTube, Video games, Texting, Redit, I-pads, smartphones and having Disneyworld at your child or teens pocket 24-7.

Physical education is on a decline throughout the United States as well as minimal breaks for recess or exercise. New exercises build neurons in your child and teens brain. Aerobic exercise helps the arteries and breaks up plaque inside arteries and this is research based data.

Scientific studies support: brain health, vascular disease, stroke, and bone health. Using your non dominant hand or foot or an exercise you do not normally do impacts neural pathways and stimulates stronger brain health.

Back pain and neck health are on the increase in children and teens due to technology use.

Exercise expands the vascular system in the muscles and tissues and helps prevent hypertension.

It opens the capillaries in the muscle tissue and causes blood pressure and blood sugars to drop to normal.

Exercise builds muscle mass and prevents muscles from being broken down as fuel.

Exercise is needed to assist tryptophan and tyrosine. The brain uses tryptophan to make serotonin, melatonin, tryptamine, and indolamine, all of which are antidepressants and regulate sugar level and blood pressure. Tyrosine is used for the manufacture of adrenaline, noradrenaline, and dopamine-vital for the coordination of body physiology such as fighting, running, playing sports..

Exercise lowers blood sugar in diabetics and decreases their need for insulin.

Exercise makes the liver manufacture sugar from the fat that it stores or that is circulating in the blood.

Exercise strengthens the bones of our body and prevents osteoporosis.

A morning and evening walk will keep enzymes active around the clock and will clear cholesterol deposits in the arteries as well as fat stored in the body.

Exercise will increase production of endorphins and enkephalins, the natural opiates of the body.

Children and teens who exercise on a regular basis should have numerous benefits.

Exercise is an excellent tool for stress management in children and teens.

A child should have less sick days, a more balanced mood, a better sense of self, a better likelihood of staying away from drugs and alcohol and much more.

Children and adolescent teens need a minimum of one hour of exercise per day. Exercise is important for the mind and body.

Exercise for child or teen will help them with: sleep, mood, anger management, and more.

Parents can model daily exercise and should set limits on : video games, Internet, TV,Cell Phone use, and texting.

If limits are not set unhealthy behaviors are likely to ooze out and disrupt the family and school and more.

Exercise is one of the biggest elements in managing a child’s health and behaviors. Encouraging your child to exercise daily is one of the most important things a parent can teach a child.

Parents can tie in a reward after your child completes his exercise and after they have completed their homework. Life is all about work before play and teaching these valuable habits is vital for your child’s mental and physical health.

Below you will see info on behaviors that change with exercise.

Children with ADHD symptoms can focus better and are less impulsive when they participate in exercise daily .

Increasing physical activity is one part of a non pharmaceutical ( medications) treatment for ADHD that is backed by research .

Research showed in attentiveness improved with more exercise . The best natural item a parent can do is encourage exercise daily with your child.

Exercise is a huge help for children and teenagers with ADHD. Research shows that exercise before school or after school will help your child become more attentive, improve their academics, become less moody, and less impulsive. Teachers that allow there students to get up out of their seats for short bursts of activity find their students with ADHD are more attentive and more focused than keeping them in a sitting position for the whole class period.

Research has been done with children whom have exercised for 30 minutes before class versus no exercise before class and then teachers reported how they behaved in relationship to: attention, focus, impulsivity, behavior, performance etc. Aerobic physical activity shows great benefits to children with ADHD as well as other children in terms of: mood, behavior, attention, diminished impulsivity, and performance at school.

It is a real pity that schools have decreased the amount of physical activity children receive per day. Children will perform better and learn if they are able to exercise and run around, play sports, and move physically and aerobically. Jumping in place, doing squats, push ups, jump rope etc are all beneficial for children at school. Teachers that can break up the day with 4 ten minute bursts of exercise will have a classroom that is more attentive and will learn more and focus more on the subject matter than having the children sit all day without exercise. Schools that have used exercise have seen a huge decrease in children on ADHD medications decreasing by almost 33 percent which is huge statistically.

Research has shown that test scores improved for children that exercised before the test versus children that just sat and read books. Just twenty minutes of exercise improved  scholastic performance in one research study with children. Many experts state that daily exercise can replace medication for children on ADHD for many children.

There are many tools to help children with ADHD including: counseling, exercise, diet, structure, parenting tools, mood regulation tools, behavior modification and more that will help your child overcome ADHD symptoms.

Some teens send two hundred texts a day or 6000 texts a month. Theissue here is that teens are not developing social skills and healthy communication.

Another issue is that adolescents that are texting are not spending time face to face with family and developing healthy connections.

Interpersonal skills are suffering and this can impact obtaining a job as well as creating healthy relationships.

Teenagers are also spending so much time on texting they are not taking time to focus on homework or exercise.

The best thing a parent can do is set limits on texting and

electronics . If limits are not set … academics can suffer ,

relationships w family will suffer, health will deteriorate, mood can be impacted.

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