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Blog: Summer's A Great Time For Teens To Get In Shape!

Developing good exercise habits during teen years is a path to better health in future years.

Without the pressures of the school year, summer is a great time to help teens establish good exercise habits.

It’s important to hook kids on exercise at a young age. Regular exercise should become a good habit - like brushing teeth.  If they start with the good habits young, they won’t develop a weight problem in the future.

It’s especially important for the teens who are glued to the computer to get into a gym routine. They will soon realize how much better they feel when their mind and body is rejuvenated by regular exercise!

Both weight training and cardio are important components of a fitness plan for youngsters. With teens who are new to exercise, it is important to start with light weights and high repetitions. The most important thing for beginners is learning coordination and balance.  They must first understand how their bodies are supposed to move.

A longstanding myth that weight lifting might stunt a youngster’s growth has been busted by recent scientific studies. They show that weight training for children is safe and beneficial. It helps develop the nervous systems, and allows muscles to interact more efficiently.

School athletes can also benefit enormously from lifting. Weight training will help reduce risk of injury during sports. Kids who play sports need to develop strength in order to reach their highest potential . Specific exercises will increase strength and endurance in their particular sport.

The Mission Fitness Center, which opened its doors in June, offers reasonable monthly rates and a  student discount. The center, in a beautiful, sunny, brick building, has a wide range of equipment, including a cardio area, free weights and a circuit training area. With numerous fitness and nutrition certifications, the Graces pride themselves on the diverse clientele they’ve served, from  youngsters
through seniors.  Children as young as 12 may work out at the gym, with a parent present.

For more information, go to missionfitnesscenter.com, call 626-799-0977, or email info@missionfitnesscenter.com.

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