Teen Health

Halle Purles, Staff Writer

Staying healthy is an important part of functioning as best as one can. Healthy living involves a lot of things such as getting enough sleep, eating right, and exercising.

Getting enough sleep can be a difficult thing to accomplish as a teen. There seems to be too many other things to do, but not getting enough sleep is like putting a small cup of gas in a car and hoping you can drive 20 miles without stopping. The National Sleep Foundation states that adults need 7-9 hours of sleep but the average teen needs 8-10 hours. According to an article entitled “Sleep Needs”, one less hour of sleep can result in not being able to think properly and respond quickly. Set a regular sleeping schedule so that you can perform your best each day and not end up having to sleep during class.

With Chick-fil-la down the street and McDonalds on the corner, it can be difficult to get in the fruits and veggies your body needs. Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables can give you the energy you need to function well throughout the day. The way one eats will affect the way they perform so be sure to eat foods that can benefit your body instead of harming it.

Exercise helps to improve circulation of blood flow along with many other benefits. In many cases exercise provides a way to manage stress which is an important part of getting through school. Finding the time to exercise may seem hard but each day you exercise by just doing simple everyday activities. Think of how many steps you take to get to each class and walking through the halls. Think of when you are running up and down the stairs because you are in a hurry. Though they may seem simple, these everyday actions benefit your body. Even if you do not have a set schedule of exercising you can stay healthy just by moving around each day.