But what if ...
I’m the only one in my family that does any exercise? This doesn’t matter. Being active isn’t just important for you – your parents, brothers and sisters and others also need to get moving about so why not set them an example?
I get big muscles? This is something girls often say because they’re scared of looking big or unfeminine. Unless you’re doing exercises such as weight lifting you won’t be building big muscles anyway.
I don’t have time? Build exercise into your normal daytime activities: walk or cycle to school, play a team game with friends at lunchtime, stretch or do circuit training in front of your favourite TV programme.
I’m not sporty? If you're not sporty, don't do sports. Fast walking, dancing, running, ice skating, hill walking, skating, conservation volunteering, and horse riding are all ways to get active and still avoid sports.
I’m too embarrassed? Go along to clubs with friends or family, or join in a small group activity. The teacher will make you feel welcome and you might even make some new friends!
I get hurt or injured? Being fit will make it easier for you to recover from injuries in the long term, but when you're starting out, take it easy, build up gradually, go for non-contact sports and don’t over do it!
My opinion: The main reason I play football so much is that you're having fun and not even realizing you're doing yourself a massive favor in keeping fit! But, there is actually a lot more to football than playing it. Football is one of the most popular sports in the world so it is therefore hot in the media, especially television. Watching football on TV in the form of Match Of The Day is almost religion for me every weekend keeping up to date with The Premier League. Also, a big aspect of football is who you support. I support Oxford United and go to a few of their games as well. If you are thinking about playing football in some shape or form, you wont have to look far as you will find opportunities almost everywhere for your skill level and age group. To find some go to Activities Oxfordshire. - James Gild, 14
Why it’s so good for you
Exercise is so great for you because it:
- Makes the heart stronger and lungs healthier
- Strengthens bones, tones up muscles, improves flexibility
- Releases ‘feel good’ chemicals (endorphins) in your brain so you feel happier and less stressed.
Combined with healthy eating, it can also make you feel more energetic and fit, and help you find the energy to do your work and study.
In fact, there’s no good reason NOT to do it!
My opinion: Children and young people should do exercise because it helps achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. You can read more information about this on the ACE website. You can read about facts why children need to do exercise. Obesity has in increased from the ages 6-19 by 15%, almost quadruple what it was in the late 1960s. In my opinion I think that children should do exercise because if they do not, all the kids will get obese and that will make them non-healthy, and it would also decrease self-esteem for all the children. - Murat, Oxford 15