Anxiety and Teens

Does your teen struggle with anxiety?

Recent studies report that 25% of all teens struggle with some type of anxiety on a regular basis. That is a lot of teens!

What can be contributing to this anxiety? Lack of exercise is one contributing factor. Our human bodies have been wired for movement. When we sit around playing video games or watching TV for long periods of time, our brains are not releasing the important hormones and enzymes necessary for emotional stability.

Exercise is known for triggering the release of endorphins. These endorphins produce positive feelings in the body and combat both depression and anxiety.

This is not only true for our teens, but it is true for us as well.

Endorphins are not the only hormones released during exercise. "The Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) hormone interacts with the central nervous system. By tripling BDNF production with exercise, it’s possible to improve moods, boost cognitive function and improve memory. When kids are sedentary, these hormones are unable to do their work. In short, we are made to move—and we naturally struggle when sedentary." Tim Elmore

How can you stress the importance of physical activity on the mind and body in your homes?