Physical Activity is essential for a healthy heart and mind. Teens need at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity daily. Regular physical activity improves academic performance, reduces depression, boosts energy levels, lowers body fat, and prevents chronic diseases such as heart disease and type-2 diabetes.
Measuring Physical Activity Intensity:
The easiest way to measure your physical activity intensity is the Talk Test. If you can talk, but not sing during the activity then you are engaging in low-to-moderate activity. On the flip side, if you are doing vigorous intensity activities, you will not be able to say more than a few words without pausing for a breath.
- Pleasure walking
- Climbing stairs
- Brisk walking
- Roller skating
- Jumping rope
- Playing competitive sports
Did You Know?
According to the 2016 North Carolina State Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Profile…
- 25.9% adolescents were physically active for at least 60 minutes per day on all 7 days in the past week
- 15.2% of adolescents were overweight
- 12.5% of adolescents had obesity
- 34% of NC high school students reported they were physically active at least 60 minutes per day compared to 37% of all high school students in the U.S.
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