It is more important than ever for the youth of our country to maintain an active lifestyle and make smart choices when it comes to their health.  Sadly, teens often neglect taking the time to exercise, due in large part to their idea that working out is a chore and a challenge, not fun. 

Teens will stay fit if exercise is fun, varied and involves their friends. A teen’s exercise routine should match his own evolving interests, says adolescent medicine specialist Sarah Stevens, M.D., with Lehigh Valley Health Network.

“If you can bike together as a family, great—but recognize that teens and adults may enjoy different things,” Stevens says.  “Make exercise options available and focus on their likes and motivations, not yours.  Not everyone plays sports or wants to work out.”  Many teens have fun with Wii games.  Some like the class approach, while others prefer self-directed skateboarding or in-line skating.

To learn more about fitness programs for youth and teens, call 610-402-CARE or click here for a listing of LVHN classes and locations.

The Lehigh Valley is one of the best places to come to for outdoor activities!  The possibilities to say fit are endless with places to ski, places to run and bike, and the Hiking Clubs that travel the Appalachian Trail.

Wilmington Trail Club
Delaware River (N.J.-Pa. line) to Pa. 191 in Fox Gap

Batona Hiking Club
Pa. 191 in Fox Gap to Wind Gap

Appalachian Mountain Club—Delaware Valley Chapter
Wind Gap to Little Gap

Philadelphia Trail Club
Little Gap to Lehigh Furnace Gap

Blue Mountain Eagle Climbing Club
Lehigh Furnace Gap to Bake Oven Knob Road and Tri-County Corner to Rausch Gap Shelter

Allentown Hiking Club
Bake Oven Knob Road to Tri-County Corner

Susquehanna Appalachian Trail Club
Rausch Gap Shelter to Pa. 225

York Hiking Club
Pa. 225 to Susquehanna River

 Any activity that teens can do in groups will help instill motivation to help them stay active and healthy.  Even in the winter months, the outdoor possibilities are endless!

How do you stay active to maintain a healthy lifestyle?