The Importance of Physical Fitness as a Teenager

In our last post, we discussed the problem of depression in teenagers, especially teenage girls. This is an epidemic that might be getting out of control, but efforts are being done to curtail the rise in cases. While that is certainly hopeful and a step in the right direction, we can’t ignore the statistics: “In the United States, it is estimated that about 2.6 million adolescents aged 12 to 17 experience a depressive episode each year. This accounted 11 percent of the US population.”

We feel it’s important to remind our readers of statistics such as these, as this is a matter of life and death and we must keep up-to-date on any and all information concerning teenage girls. Depression, however, isn’t the only thing we must keep an eye on; in fact, we must stay vigilant when it comes to their health in general. Educators over in Ireland are doing all they can to promote healthy lifestyles in their teenage girls, as discussed in this Irish Times article.

Erin McGuire writes, “Primary schools should teach daily classes, covering not just physical education, but also health and wellness topics, according to a leading expert on health. Prof Moyna of Dublin City University’s school of health and human performance, says there was a “tremendous” fitness drop-off in girls after 6th class. In fact, a recent countrywide fitness challenge in schools found that the average 16-year-old girl did no better in fitness tests than a 12-year-old. However, boys’ fitness improved by an average of 33 per cent over the same years.”

It seems that over in Ireland, teenage girls are having trouble keeping physically fit or, at the very least, getting daily exercise. Similar to the depression statistics here in the States, the exercise statistics for teenage girls in Ireland is scarily high. There is a drop-off in fitness and overall health. Moyna’s main concern is that obese children/teenagers grow up to be obese adults. He has made it his mission to get teenagers, especially girls, to change their thinking and adopt healthy behaviors. It’s important to instill this at an age where they are learning about all sorts of different things. It sticks to the memory more effectively.

At Greenbrier Academy, we support the efforts of Prof Moyna. It is of ultra-importance to instill in our young people good habits, especially when it concerns healthiness. That’s we do at Greenbrier! Contact us today for more information.