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FIT Connection for Teens: Recharge

How do rest and relaxation tie in with being fit?
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How RECHARGE Fits in With the Overall FIT Platform continued...

If you don't RECHARGE, you are less likely to make healthy FOOD and MOVE choices. When you're in the craziness and busyness of life, it can be harder to slow down to think, rest, or sleep. Then it's easy to be less physically active, and that can be the start of a vicious cycle. When you don’t take time to move your body, your stress and anxiety worsen. That, in turn, can make you sleep less deeply. Similarly, when you're busy and tired, you’re more susceptible to the temptation to turn to foods you can get quickly from a package even though they aren't that healthy.

When you RECHARGE with rest and relaxation, you'll find it easier to manage your MOOD. Those mornings that you wake up “on the wrong side of the bed” are likely caused from not getting enough sleep the night before. In a study, people who were deprived of sleep for one week became stressed, sad, angry, and mentally exhausted. Another study found that missing just one night of sleep can have an effect on your mood and ability to think clearly. Researchers have also found that people who suffer from chronic insomnia are more likely to develop anxiety and depression.

How to Make Recharging a Priority

It’s helpful to think about small goals you can set for yourself to give yourself time to RECHARGE. Start with the biggest barrier to getting more rest -- is it a too busy schedule? If so, think about what you can do. Maybe you need give up some TV time so you can wind up homework earlier.

It all leads back to what's a healthy balance. Start with small healthy choices you can commit to and stick with, and go from there.

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Reviewed on February 02, 2012