How to Stay Healthy As a Teenager
Staying healthy as a teen is not unlike staying healthy at any other age. Eating right, staying active, and getting enough sleep are the cornerstones of a healthy teen lifestyle. Get your friends to join in the fun by playing sports and physical games with them. In addition, you should visit your dentist and doctor regularly. Steer clear of drugs and alcohol, think ahead, and consider how your current lifestyle choices and habits might affect your future.The teenage years can be a stressful time as you juggle school, friends, sports, homework, and relationships. A lot of times, teens neglect their health and hygiene because they are always on the go. Having a healthy skin regimen is the start of a healthier lifestyle.
Adopting Healthy Habits
- Get plenty of physical activity.
Cardiovascular (or aerobic) exercise gets your heart pumping. These exercises usually involve the whole body. Strength training increases your muscle mass and helps you lose fat. In addition, try to integrate physical activity into your everyday schedule. Walk or ride your bike to school instead of driving, and take the stairs instead of the elevator (unless you’re going up more than three flights).
- Develop an exercise routine.
Designate a few hours each day during which you can disengage from your computer and digital devices in order to go for a walk, run, bike ride, or do some other physical activity (as well as study and do homework). Unless you have your own weight set, you’ll probably need to hit the gym. If your school doesn’t have a gym, check for local gyms that allow teenage members.
- Try new activities.
There is a whole world of exercise just waiting for you to discover it. The more kinds of exercises you do, the more flexible and healthy you’ll be, and the less likely you are to get injured. Dance, yoga, gymnastics, capoeira, and other martial arts can increase your flexibility.
- Get enough sleep.
As a teenager, sleep is vital. With the changes going on in your body, and your early-morning school schedule, you might find yourself more and more tired as the school year goes on. Getting enough sleep contributes to both physical and mental health. If you don’t get enough sleep you won’t look good in the morning and you won’t have the energy you need to do your best each day.
- Maintain good dental hygiene.
You should brush your teeth at least twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste. Brush with the bristles of your brush angled up on your upper teeth, and brush with the bristles angled down on your lower teeth.
- Visit your doctor regularly.
Your doctor can provide important insights into the state of your health. They can check for health problems and treat them before they become serious. You doctor will provide the needed vaccines during your teen years as well as when you are younger. Your doctor can also offer advice about healthy lifestyle choices specific to your medical history and situation. Contact your doctor if you have any medical concerns. For instance, you might ask your doctor:
- ”Am I at a healthy weight?”
- ”What should I do to protect my health?”
- ”How is my overall health?”
- ”Can you tell me why my body is growing and changing?”
Choosing A Healthy Lifestyle
- Don’t drink or smoke.
Teens often experiment with alcohol and cigarettes; however, don’t give in to peer pressure and use these harmful substances. Smoking can cause cancer and lung diseases. Alcohol is illegal for anyone under 21 and also has many harmful effects on your body and safety.
- Don’t use drugs.
Drugs include any substance the Drug Enforcement Administration has deemed illegal. It also includes prescription or over-the-counter medications like painkillers and cough syrup that are abused. Drugs have many side effects, none of them good.
- Follow basic safety precautions.
If you’re a teen, it might seem uncool to play it safe; however, accidents happen, and you’ll regret not utilizing common sense safety precautions if you’re in an accident. For instance, you should always buckle up when in a car and do not text or talk on the phone while driving.
Sex is a healthy and normal activity that often begins in your teenage years. If you choose to have sex, it is important to avoid STDs and pregnancy. Always use a condom. Do keep in mind that abstinence is the only 100% effective way to avoid these things.
- Limit your sugar intake.
Foods like pie, candy, and chocolate taste great, but they have few of the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy. Instead, a high sugar content leads to an accumulation of fat.
- Avoid processed foods.
Processed foods are high in salt and fat, which can lead to hypertension, heart disease, and obesity. Avoid fast food, potato chips, and cheese snacks. It’s okay to have these foods once in awhile, like when you’re busy all day; however, you should limit the amount of processed foods that you eat because of their serious negative health impacts over the long-term.
- Eat a healthy diet.
A healthy diet consists primarily of whole grains, vegetables, and fruits, with a small amount of lean protein and dairy products. You can get whole grains in whole grain bread, bagels, and pasta. Fresh vegetables like spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, and kale will keep you feeling energized. Fruit like apples, strawberries, and bananas will give you the nutrients you need to get through the day.
- Drink lots of water.
Water keeps you hydrated, which is good for regulating body temperature, bodily functions, and mind. It also keeps your complexion healthy and helps you stay cool during the hotter months. For a hint of citrus flavor, squeeze a lemon into your water.
- Eat healthy portions.
Don’t starve yourself. The pressure on teens to look good is immense. Teens often try crash diets (diets that dramatically reduce daily caloric intake) in an effort to meet the expectations of their peers and society; however, these diets are not recommended and can even be dangerous. They can lead to imbalances in nutrition and leave you feeling sluggish.
Ensuring Good Mental Health
- Stay positive.
Having a positive outlook is important for maintaining good mental health. Instead of worrying about what others think and about your future, focus on the here and now. Think about how much your friends and family love you, and about certain activities that you’re good at.
- Be confident in yourself.
Being confident can help you take positive risks and maximize your potential. Don’t bring yourself down. Instead, practice and perfect your skills and abilities. Whatever it is you like doing — art, music, sports — continue practicing until you feel that you’ve reached a level where you feel capable.
- Seek help if necessary.
If you’re struggling with depression, eating disorders, bullying, or other issues either at school or at home, talk to someone. Be open and honest about whatever is troubling you with someone you trust.
- Have fun.
Do things you love doing. Identify your passions by trying a lot of interesting things, then pursue your favorite activities with passion. Try out for a community play, join a soccer team, or start a recycling club. Invite your friends to join you as you have fun as a teen.
- Share your feelings.
Your friends and family are there for you. Just like you want to be there for them, they want to be there for you. No matter what you’re feeling, tell someone. You might share your feelings with a close friend or a parent.