Physical activity may be the medicine your teen needs. Research shows physical activity can be as effective as antidepressants. If your teen is struggling with mental health issues or not, it is equally important to encourage them to engage in physical activity.
Encouraging your teen to find a physical activity that they enjoy doing and making sure it stays a part of their schedule creates many positive outcomes such as:
- Positively impacts levels of serotonin, a chemical that helps regulate mental health
- Releases endorphins, the body’s natural “happy chemicals”
- Lowers levels of the stress hormone cortisol
- Stimulates the neurotransmitter norepinephrine, which improves mood
- Increases self-esteem and body positivity
- Helps teens sleep better
- Sharpens memory and thinking. The same endorphins that make one feel better also help one concentrate and feel mentally sharp for tasks at hand
- Gives more energy. Increasing heart rate several times a week will help give your teen more drive and increase their get-up-and-go attitude
The Long-Lasting Effects
Regular exercise has immediate benefits on your teen’s mental and physical health and the benefits are long-lasting. Researchers found that people who got regular exercise were 25 percent less likely to develop depression or anxiety disorders over the next five year period. Through regular exercise, your teen will find that their existing symptoms of depression and anxiety will begin to fade.
Bluefire Wilderness is a therapy program for boys and girls ages 11-17 that is dedicated to helping teens create a positive future for themselves. This program uses wilderness therapy and clinical therapy to give students the resources they need to identify and practice healthy activities. There is also a focus on improving conflict resolution and communication skills. BlueFire Wilderness offers teens a second chance at creating a healthy and happy life for themselves. We can help your family today.
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