9 Reasons an Active Lifestyle Prepares You for Adulthood
The teenage years are a time of preparation for being on your own and transitioning into adulthood. Although school and a weekend job help, regular physical activity (whether through sports, dance, walks around the neighborhood or P.E. class) provide important lessons that you’ll carry into your future. Here are nine lessons you’ll learn from a regular, dedicated physical fitness routine:
1.) Provides a Healthy Perspective of Body:
Being physically active helps you understand when your body is operating at its best. You’ll learn the importance of eating healthy and taking care of your beautiful body. You’ll know when you feel good and what you need to do to make yourselves feel better. When you feel good, you look good which helps you gain a positive body image.
By learning the basic of a healthy life, you’ll be more apt to care for yourselves and those you love as you mature into the adult (young or old) that God created you to be.
2.) Builds Better Peer Relationships:
Fitting in is not always easy. Organized physical activity helps alleviate the social awkwardness that you may feel. Teamwork cultivates selflessness (placing others before yourself), because you’re working together for a common goal.
While interacting at work, adults must find how they fit into the team. Their position is pivotal in reaching the end goal, but they need to know what their roles and responsibilities are in order to accomplish the task at hand. When adults start families, they must look at it as a unit and do what’s best for the family as a whole. Parents often have to set their own needs aside to care for the needs of their children.
3.) Shapes Greater Family Attachment:
Famous athletes acknowledge their parents all the time. Parents drive their child to and from practice, attend games, and help their kid play catch, square off one-on-one, etc. Involving family in physical activities provides great bonding experiences and helps you better relate to one another.
Family is important no matter what stage of life you’re in. As you begin to build your own family, you’ll desire for your children to respect you and you’ll want to encourage them in their own talents and abilities.
4.) Boosts Confidence:
The Center for Disease Control reports that regular physical activity provides a long list of physical benefits. You are a physical being. You weren’t created to sit in front of a videogame for several consecutive hours. God made you to be active, using your precious body for His glory. But that’s not all, daily exercise promotes mental and emotional advantages too.
Adults need mental and emotional boosts especially when they face a difficult co-worker, intense deadline or harsh boss. Knowing how to tackle a problem with a positive attitude, brings a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction in the midst of stress and strain.
5.) Establishes a Positive Attitude:
The result of a good workout produces a positive attitude. Whether you met a goal, worked toward a goal or just had a great time, your ability to commit to a routine that you benefit from enables you to feel good
There are plenty of times as an adult when you’ll have to force yourself into situations that aren’t enjoyable. Knowing what it feels like to have an upbeat attitude when you’re working hard will help you push through these difficult experiences.
6.) Helps you Learn to Do What’s Best:
Physical fitness is demanding. you may not want to do what it takes to be healthy and care for your body. It’s easier to sit on the couch and catch up on Netflix. But gaining the perspective to do what is best rather than what’s easiest is an important element of adulthood.
In order for adults to organize life into priorities, they must see the scale of their responsibilities. Doing what’s best in every situation (not necessarily following their personal desire) creates a more-balanced life.
7.) Builds Discipline:
It’s easy to give up on a workout, especially when you’re tired, have other things to do or are just not in the mood. The list of things that can pull you away from a good workout is endless.
Adults have a lot of demands required of them even when they lack energy and sleep. Self-discipline helps them maintain focus on what needs to be done.
8.) Teaches you to Manage Time and Priorities:
Your schedule is loaded with homework, after school activities, family commitments, hanging out with friends, earning a little extra cash. It’s hard to find the time to exercise. By planning time for physical fitness, you’re learning to organize your time more effectively. Plus, physical activity provides a great boost of energy helping you accomplish more tasks!
The list of “to-dos” and responsibilities just becomes longer in adulthood, so knowing how to prioritize your time will be essential. Since there’s so much to be accomplished in a day, the value of caring for your body will become even more important.
9.) Develops Restraint in Avoiding Risky Behavior:
Ideally, if you’re participating in an activity, then you’re being productive. Bored or disengaged individuals have a way of getting into trouble. Students are less likely to misbehave in class or break the law if it means getting kicked off the team of a sport they enjoy.
A lot more rides on the responsibility of an adult than just getting kicked off of a team. Major consequences can result from adults getting in trouble with the law or fired from a job. One bad decision can easily lead to another. Knowing how to occupy your time and engage in healthy activities has long-term effects.
Now that you have a scope of all the incredible long-term benefits of physical fitness, grab a friend and get moving. Tell us some other reasons you think being physically active helps you prepare for adulthood by using #GetFit on Social Media.