According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Surgeon General, you have a 70-percent greater chance of becoming overweight or obese as an adult if you are an overweight adolescent. This figure is increased by 10 percent if you have an overweight or obese parent. This is why it is vital to have students research the topic of exercise and adolescents.
Have adolescents create an exercise plan. Students should first research exercise recommendations for adolescents. Based on this information, students should devise an exercise plan. For example, children are supposed to participate in physical activity for at least an hour on most days of the week. The students should write a few sections about physical activity and recommendations, and at least one or two sections on their course of action.
Benefits of Exercise
Most everyone knows about general benefits of exercise. However, this topic should go into more depth about a number of ways that exercise benefits adolescents. This may include researching exercise's impact on mood, its cardiopulmonary benefits, its immune system benefits and even its impact on other aspects of life such as sleep. This topic can help instill the benefits of being active and not living a sedentary lifestyle.
Kinds of Exercise
Students can research different kinds of exercise. They can write a paper about anaerobic and aerobic exercise, and what activities fall into each category. If a student discovers more options for both anaerobic and aerobic exercise, a new activity may spark his interest. This can ultimately lead to the student being more physically active.
Harmful Effects of a Sedentary Lifestyle
This topic idea includes researching the conditions and problems from which a lack of exercise results. This includes obesity and obesity-related conditions such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and sleep apnea. By having students research harmful effects of a sedentary lifestyle, students may more inclined to be physically active on a regular basis. In addition, the students will learn about the obesity-related conditions.