Physical Health and Exercise

SkateboarderExercise is good for the mind, body and soul no matter what your age or ability! Doing a physical activity releases endorphins in the body that take a positive effect on the brain and boost self-esteem. Your bones and muscles become stronger, your heart health improves and it can reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes. It can also help to maintain a healthy weight and body image which also links to self-esteem, confidence and can reduce stress. On top of this, it a great way to meet people and can be FUN!


The NHS recommends daily activity with at least 150 minutes per week of exercise through a variety of activities. It doesn’t mean that you or your teenager have to start running marathons or climbing mountains straight away but almost all of us can do something! Making small changes to their everyday can make a difference. Instead of driving them to school, encourage them to walk or cycle if it is safe to do so. Encourage the use of stairs instead of the lift or escalator or to take part in an outside activity like running and skateboarding or dancing with friends! The list is endless and doesn’t mean you have to pay for gym memberships or joining sports clubs.


For more information please visit:


NHS  BUPA  MIND  Young Minds  Teenage Fitness Plan  Healthy Eating for Teens 


Vale Sports and Play Development


Body Image

Body image can be described as how a person sees themselves when they look at their body and isn’t necessarily a true reflection. Some people have a positive body image which means when they see themselves the way they are, they have a true perception of what they look like and are happy with this. They have confidence and pride in their body shape and don’t spend too much time worrying about calories, food, weight or other physical attribute. However, for others, they have negative body image which can mean they are self-critical about their appearance. These people are more likely to develop feelings of depression, low self-esteem or obsession with food. If this is something you are currently experiencing with your teenager then please talk to you GP as soon as possible. For other support, please visit:


National Eating Disorders   Family Lives  Be Real Campaign  MEIC