Jacob Relation – The Importance of Teen Fitness


Childhood obesity has, from being an aberration, become a cause of concern. Nowadays, there is increasing focus on the health of children and teenagers, and the lack of fitness in that particular age group is constantly under a spotlight. Naturally, what needs to be done is to devise ways in which teenagers can be encouraged to get fit.

Adults should understand that teens spend most of their time watching television, playing video games and eating junk food. They barely engage in any physical activity. Thus, they are an easy prey to lifestyle diseases like obesity. Therefore, it is important for parents to understand why they should encourage their teens to stay fit to lead a healthy life.

Exercise For Children – Why Important

Only when the body is fit and the muscles are strong, will it be able to withstand illnesses. This can happen only when physical fitness is an integral part of life. A strong body will lead to a healthy heart and more stamina. This will make your teens agile and prevent fatigue. It will also stimulate metabolism and strengthen their immune system.

Without any physical activity, metabolism will slow down, resulting weight gain. Obesity doesn’t affect their health alone. It will adversely affect their academic performance, lifestyle and, most important of all, their self esteem. One should also keep in mind that obese teens are more at risk of developing diabetes, heart problems and arthritis.

Once you understand why your teens need to stay fit, you should work towards pushing them to have a fitness regime. Sports are an excellent idea. Let them join their school or college sports team or even a local club. Apart from keeping them healthy, sports will also help them to develop their self worth as well as team building and leadership skills. You can also enrol your teens in swimming classes and gyms. Once they began to enjoy all these activities they will willingly participate in them.

Give your kids the freedom to choose what type of fitness routine they want to pursue. You can give them the option to cycle or walk back and forth from their school or college. Cycling and walking are excellent cardiovascular workouts which can rapidly burn fat and build muscle strength. Cardiovascular exercises are a good way to burn calories. Teens can also join cycling and rowing clubs.

For a healthy body, exercise is not everything. You should also take care of the eating habits of your teen. Exercises and sports will have increased effect only if the teens adopt a balanced diet. Completely eliminate junk and processed foods from their diet. They do more harm than you can imagine. Include whole grains, green leafy vegetables and plenty of fruits into their diet. This is a sure way of keeping your teenagers healthy.

Going Beyond Fitness Routines

To keep teens fit, you should also teach them to be responsible on their own. They should understand the benefits of a healthy body and should be willing to change their lifestyle. Show them the benefits of a healthy life.

Fitness for teenagers depends on the responsibility of the parents, the school and the teens themselves. Unless all of them realize that obesity is a serious lifestyle issue, and fitness is the only solution, then it would be hard for teens to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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Jacob Relation – The Importance of Teen Fitness

Jacob Relation – Which Should Be Done First – Cardio or Weights?


The general rule of thumb of training is to do the most demanding exercise directly after the warm up, so that the majority of energy focused on that activity. So if you are a power lifter looking to get stronger, cardio before weights makes no sense. In fact, for a power lifter, traditional cardio is not recommended in their regimen at all.

Let’s say you are someone who is completely new exercising. Heavy weights are out of the question since it takes a considerable amount of time to learn the proper movement patterns and to build basic strength. Twenty minutes of moderate intensity cardio is going to be challenging for a new exerciser. Any light weight training after the cardio session is going to be focus on learning movement patterns with lighter weights for future workouts. This is one of the only situations that cardio should be done before weight training and the intensity of both activities should be low to moderate. This type of cardio serves as an introduction to the gym. As many people quickly realize, the results you are looking for probably won’t come from a treadmill. Sure it is a tool that can help, but it should not remain your main focus. But what about the intermediate or advanced weight lifter who also wants to improve their cardio or shed a little fat?

Say you have been lifting weights for a year or two and you’re getting the hang of things. Your focus has been to build muscle and strength and you have seen decent results. Now you’re looking to expose that newly built muscle by adding cardio to your regimen. For someone who wants to add cardio their weight lifting program, they going to benefit most from doing their cardio after weight lifting sessions. They are going to get more out of their cardio session because they should already be relatively exhausted from lifting session. This will help the body break down more fat considering their heart rate has already been elevated and they should be near a ‘fat burning zone’. These cardio sessions should be fairly brief (20-30 minutes) and it is recommended that they are done under a HIIT protocol. HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training (more to come on this subject).

Keep in mind, training too long can cause a spike in the stress hormone, cortisol, and will diminish any results. Those marathon sessions at the gym typically do more harm than good. According to the physiology of the average body, shut it down after 90 minutes of intense training.

Performing cardio after an intense weight lifting session can be quite overwhelming to some. So you may be tempted to do your cardio first and lift weights after. This is not recommended when performed at a high intensity because the glycogen stores will be depleted before lifting weights causing a decrease in performance and is potentially dangerous. But, doing 5-10 minutes as a light warm up before lifting is acceptable. A few HIIT intervals are a great way to raise the heart rate and increase blood flow to the muscles. But be careful not to get carried away and burn all the glycogen that is needed for an effective lifting session.

So there are a few situations it is acceptable to do cardio before weights. But for most people, cardio should be done after weight training. For most people, steady state cardio is not recommended. Use a HIIT protocol for best results. The key to keep in mind is the main goal of the training session and to perform exercises that align with that specific main goal.

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Jacob Relation – Which Should Be Done First – Cardio or Weights?