You probably don’t always think about your health, or the effects certain factors can have on your body. You tend to roll through life, taking care of day-to-day issues, and enjoy as much of life as you can. But if you’re not careful, you can end up facing consequences to your health that could have been avoided. To prevent this, avoid these top four health mistakes teens make.
1. Most teens stay up late studying or hanging out with friends and don’t get enough sleep. By not having a regular sleep pattern, you could be doing your body damage. You may think you’re sleeping enough, but your body may not be getting the amount of rest it really needs. Teens need eight to ten hours of sleep a night to function best.
2. When you munch on a lot of junk food while studying, hanging out with friends, watching TV, and at the movies, you’re causing serious damage to your health. Eating too much junk food can cause serious weight issues, heart disease, diabetes, and other major medical issues. To avoid them, eat some healthy munchies throughout the day, instead of just chips and sweets. Try carrot sticks, crackers, pretzels, cheese, and nuts. You can still munch, but munch healthier foods.
3. A lot of teens tend to skip breakfast, especially if they’re running late in the mornings. “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” is not just a slogan. It prepares your body to face the day ahead, allows you to think clearly, and keeps you awake. If you don’t have time or the appetite for a big breakfast, try a small bowl of cereal, breakfast drink, granola bar, or muffin. You can take most of these with you and eat them on the way to school.
4. You may be enrolled in a gym class, but that doesn’t mean you’re getting enough exercise. If you tend to sit around playing games during your time off, you’re not doing your body any favors. Get up and go for a walk or bike ride. Go out for one of your school’s sports teams. If you are a big gamer, try games that get you moving around, not just sitting on the couch with a remote in your hand.