The Millstone Times January 2021


TEEN HEALTH: How to Stay Healthy


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The teenage years are a period of intense growth and development, and teens need to adopt a healthy lifestyle in order to stay fit. Healthy living should include plenty of good nutrients, adequate calories, sleep and regular exercise. Here are a few things teens can do to keep themselves healthy throughout their teenage years and beyond: 1. Develop a good relationship with parents. Teens may not think it sounds like the best idea in the world, but being able to discuss things with parents will actually help them make the right choices as they grow up. 2. Think about the diet. Most teens love junk food of all kinds, and many of them eat far too much of it. Try to limit the amount of junk food you keep in the house. Don’t skip breakfast, and try to teens eat with the family whenever possible. Research suggests that teens who eat regularly with their families are less likely to develop eating disorders and are more likely to have healthier diets when they are older. 3. Get plenty of sleep. Teens are notorious for staying up late at night and lying in bed in the morning. It is very important to adopt a healthy sleeping regime, as sleep deprivation can lead to attention and behavioral problems. Teens should try to get into the habit of going to bed and getting up at the same time every day — even on weekends. 4. Exercise regularly. Regular exercise is actually very important, and teens don’t have to do anything too strenuous. They can try walking or cycling instead of taking the bus, or go swimming with their friends. 5. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes and drugs. These are all vices which are best avoided. Many teens may be tempted to try at least one of these substances, but unfortunately they can easily become addicted. It isn’t always easy being a teenager, but making the right choices at this stage of life can certainly help teens stay healthy and feel much happier.



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