Adolescent Mental Health & Exercise: What Parents Should Know...

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Adolescent Mental Health & Exercise: What Parents Should Know...

Enhanced academic performance, and social and emotional benefits are just some of the benefits teenagers derive from exercise. Commenting on a recent study published in Clinical Psychological Science, Yale University child psychologist Alan Kazdin came just short of calling exercise an “elixir” for adolescent mental health and well being, but went on to stress its broad positive effects.

The study looked at 7,000 students, ages 11 to 16 and found that teens that exercised – be it organized sports or in any form – had a more positive self-image and had greater self-esteem than those who did not exercise. Teens that exercised were happier, more grounded and less likely to engage in problematic behaviors like social withdrawal and anxiety, aggressive behavior and getting into trouble. Overall, all of those negative behaviors were lower among teens that exercised. The study presented a strong argument for teens to incorporate exercise into their daily routine to maintain good mental health, a healthy self-esteem, and better academic performance.

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