The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 15.8 percent of teens have engaged in unhealthy practices such not eating for 24 hours, taking diet pills or vomiting to lose weight quickly. These weight loss methods can cause growing teen girls to become ill or even gain more weight back. Instead of relying on unhealthy ways of losing weight, teen girls should consider home exercises that focus on helping them stay fit without a pricey gym membership.
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Instead of just sitting in front of the television the next time "Gossip Girl" is on, find ways to exercise while you watch. Try to perform crunches, push-ups, lunges or dips every time a commercial comes on. Start with one exercise, and switch to another type for each commercial that plays. A study done by McMaster University in Canada found that short bursts of exercises were just as effective as long sessions.
If you love to hang out and dance with your friends, try playing a video game like "Dance, Dance Revolution." You'll burn calories and get to work on your moves at the same time, all in the comfort of your home. You can also try other video games geared to fitness such as "Wii Fit" or "Wii Active." These include activities and games so that you concentrate more on the fun than you do the exercise.
Ask your parents to purchase a basketball hoop, soccer net or hockey net for the home. Set it up outside, and you can spend an hour playing a pickup game of soccer, basketball or road hockey in your driveway. You don't need to be a professional to try to shoot a few hoops, and you just might find that your driveway is the new hot spot for group get-togethers.
You don't need expensive infomercial workout programs to stay healthy and exercise at home. Your library can be a wealth of interesting workout ideas and programs that you can try so you never feel trapped into one workout program. Ask your librarian to point out the fitness section, and keep your workouts interesting by trying a new one each week. You may even find that you have a passion for a certain type of exercise, whether it's yoga, kickboxing, aerobics or something else that is ideal for teens, points out FamilyEducation.com.
Talk one of your friends into exercising with you at home each day after school. Having the support of a friend can help you be accountable to someone so that you have more motivation to work out. Invite her over for a night of Tae Bo, or switch to her house to try your hand at pilates. Make it a standing date that you meet up several times per week for exercising, and make a rule to not cancel on each other. This can give you the final push that you need to become active and healthy.