Summer is a great time to reevaluate health habits. These health and wellness activities for teens will help you guide your child toward healthy decisions.
It’s warm and sunny outside and school is out—if you are a parent of a teenager, that means it’s time to get ready to keep your kid entertained. If you have their health on your mind, there are many activities that are great for adolescents and young adults to engage in.
Here are some ideas.
Summer Health and Wellness Activities for Teens
Getting Out of the House
One of the worst things your teenage child can do during the summer is to sit at home on the couch. Luckily, there is plenty to do at home that will get them up and active.
Encourage your child to try new things around the house, like gardening, woodworking (safety first!), or good old-fashioned chores. Better yet, get them involved in some summer sports. Check your local clubs and organizations for details.
Summer is prime vacation time, and with that comes all kinds of opportunities to get active. Depending on where you travel this summer, you may have a chance to go hiking out in nature, swimming in the ocean, or something exciting like rock climbing.
Another way to get your teen active this summer is to give them a sense of responsibility. The pay that comes with summer work is an excellent incentive to get your child involved in something outside of the house.
Mental Health Activities
Journaling and Reflection
Mental health is an important aspect of your teen’s overall health. One way to promote good mental health is to write down your thoughts and feelings and reflect on them. During adolescence, things can be confusing, especially because of all the hormones. Writing and thinking about relationship problems can help your teen sort through their feelings in a healthy manner.
I know what you are thinking: how am I going to get my hyper teenager to sit down and meditate? The good news is that meditation doesn’t have to last for hours to be beneficial. Even 20 minutes can help to regulate thoughts and moods
A healthy teen is a socially active teen. Make sure that your kid is getting out with his or her peers this summer.
Try New Foods
If you are concerned about your teen’s nutrition, you may be able to get them to eat healthier by trying new foods. Consider what you think they need more of in their diet when meal planning and going out to eat. For help, consult a nutritionist.
- Nutritional Supplements
Can’t get your teen to eat their veggies? Adding a nutritional supplement to their routine can help them get what they need.
Finally, if you want to get your child excited about making good nutrition choices, teaching them to cook could be the answer you are looking for. If they are interested in learning to cook, you can put control in their hands by showing them how.
Keep Your Teen Healthy This Summer with an Annual Checkup
At Fit Life Pediatric Consultants, we work with children of all ages, including teens. If you need to schedule your teenager’s yearly checkup, or if you have any other issues you want to discuss, get in touch with me today.
Here’s to a happy, healthy summer!