Physical activity


In order to maintain an active lifestyle, the World Health Organization advises at least one hour of moderate to high intensity daily exercise. These activities should include aerobic exercises and should be practiced at least three times a week. It is also beneficial to include types of exercise that strengthen muscles and bones. If you already enjoy playing a sport, keep playing, but make sure to continue exercising several times a week. Usually, practicing a specific sport often includes these two types of exercises.

Stamina/Aerobic exercise

Building stamina and endurance with aerobic exercise does not have to be intense and exhausting. There are different forms of exercise that will allow you to improve your stamina. You could simply walk 30 minutes on your way to and from school. Cycling there and back could also be an option. If walking and biking are too easy, you could jog. If you like to swim, you can do laps at the swimming pool and try various styles. If you have access to a park or mountain, you can ski in the winter and try more challenging trails when you feel ready.


To strengthen your muscles and work on your stability, you don’t necessarily have to go to the gym. Simply carrying your school bag or grocery bags are muscle strengthening exercises. You could also easily do push-ups and crunches at home.


Exercising can help you reduce your stress and anxiety. You might even notice that your self-esteem is improving and that you feel proud of yourself since exercising provides a sense of accomplishment. Exercising can help you maintain a healthier life style, as well as avoid tobacco, alcohol and drugs. It could even help improve your academic performance. You would certainly be able to sleep better and you would be in better shape.