Empower. Partner up. Inspire ... yet never tell you what to do! These few words describe why a Military OneSource Health and Wellness Coach can be a unique resource to support your teen's fitness goals. Some teens get the exercise they need by joining a sports team and working with a traditional coach, but others prefer not to participate in that type of structured environment. Thankfully, there are other ways teens can get and stay fit.
You may know firsthand that teens, like many people of any age, don't always like to be told what to do or how to do it. Did you also know that childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes in children and teens are on the rise? Additionally, the technology and gaming devices of the twenty-first century seem to have taken over the time that many teens used to spend playing outdoors or exercising back in the twentieth century.
What's the solution for you as a parent?
Show your teen that exercise can be fun and essential for self-esteem and health. Be a role model for your entire family by eating nutritiously and exercising regularly. Here is some food for thought:
- Teens (and children) need at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day to maintain a healthy body weight and for overall good health to prevent controllable illness and disease.
- In many schools, active participation in physical education classes is much lower than it used to be when the parents and grandparents of today's teens were in school.
- Just as with adults, exercise for teens is more likely to become part of an overall healthy lifestyle if it is something they enjoy doing. It also should be safe and cleared with the teen's doctor.
- Any type of additional movement counts towards "physical activity," such as using the stairs instead of an elevator or escalator, parking further away from the front door to a store, and doing household chores such as mowing the lawn, gardening, vacuuming, etc.
Consider having your teen work with a Military OneSource Health and Wellness Coach at no cost! A Military OneSource Health and Wellness Coach can inspire your teen in unique ways such as:
- Empowerment. A coach can show your teen how he has more power than he realized to take charge of his health.
- Confidence. By asking thought-provoking questions, a coach can help her set realistic, short-term goals and create a plan that helps build confidence (coaches do not prescribe specific exercises).
- Encouragement. A coach can introduce fun, interactive tools so your teen can experience maximum enthusiasm and accountability.
Health and Wellness Coaching describes the program in detail. To learn whether working with a Military OneSource Health and Wellness Coach is appropriate for your teen, call Military OneSource at 800-342-9647.