The period of age when a person is called a teenager, is a period when the body is constantly changing and growing. For this reason, teenagers and teenagers’ parents need to take good care of their fitness life. While being active is recommended for all group ages, there are some indications that teenagers need to take into consideration. For this reason, we decided to write this article to bring you 5 fitness tips and advice for teenagers.
1. Do not work out your chest daily
Overtraining has many dangers and applies to all muscles group of your body, but is very common with chest workouts. This is one of the habits that most men tend to acquire, as they would like to have huge muscles in that area, and they want them as fast as possible. However, putting a lot of effort and time into working out the chest muscles before the age of 20, will make them look like cavemen rather than the person they thought they’d look like. Furthermore, every time muscles are strained, they are broken down and torn, which requires enough resting time, in order to allow them to stay in a healthy condition.
2. Pay attention to muscle balance
It is important that a teenager knows that balance between upper and lower muscles is essential. A lot of people in this age group would focus on one part (usually boys focus on the upper body and girls focus on the lower body), without balancing both. Strength, power, and a strong core are the basics of building a fit body, therefore teens should start by developing their strong base to distribute energy and power in a good way to all the body parts. Teach your teenager to alternate between different body parts, and different types of workouts to create muscle balance.
3. Breathing correctly is essential
While breathing is a normal part of our daily lives, we should pay extra attention to it during our physical activity sessions. Breathing will help make your exercises easier or bearable. Breathe out during the exertion part of your exercises, and avoid reversing breath as it could cause fainting and nausea.
4. Understand biomechanics
It is important that teenagers train specifically for the sport they are playing. For each sport, there are some exercises that should be practiced and others that need to be avoided. Therefore if you play football, ask your coach what are the exercises that could make you stronger, and which ones you should totally avoid. The 90-degree rule consists of not going past 90 degrees in the exercises practiced such as the lunge, squat, shoulder press, leg press and chest press. This will keep the person safe and injury-free.
5. Do not choose very heavyweights
Teenagers’ bodies are still growing, this means that heavyweights can disrupt the growth of plates. It is recommended to skip the heavyweights that cannot be supported or handled by the skeletal structure. If the teenager is around 18 years old, then it might be a good time to start introducing weights. However, being under 15, it is recommended to stick to workouts that include muscular-endurance exercises, and apply them correctly.