Workout and Nutrition Basics for Teen Fitness

This post gives great tips for teens who workout or are looking to start working out.  Just remember that fitness and nutrition go hand in hand for all athletes, but are especially important for teens because they are still growing.  Getting good sources of plant proteins and plant based calcium is crucial for strength and recovery, they are also easier to digest than animal sources.  I’ll put a list of great sources at the end of the article. 

5 Tips for Fitness Minded Teens 

1. Don’t do chest exercises everyday.  Or any single large muscle group exercise everyday for that matter.

2. Learn muscle balance.  Train all muscle groups, this will allow your body to work effectively on and off the field.

3. Focus on breathing.  Breathing on the exertion part of the exercise helps with effective movement.

4. Follow great biomechanics.   POSTURE MATTERS!  Unless you are training with a trainer with a sport specific exercise, use the 90 degree rule.

5. Don’t go super heavy on weights.  Sport specific exercises might require heavier weights, but work with a trainer if you are going to lift heavy. Body work exercises can be very effective training too.

 For a Full article on these 5 tips visit www.activekids.com .  

Some great sources for plant protein are:

  • Lentils
  • Nuts/Seeds
  • Chia Seeds
  • Quinoa
  • Hemp seeds
  • Spirulina

There is a great article from Www.NutritionStripped.com giving details on these and more plant based proteins. 

Here are some great Plant based calcium sources:

  • Sesame Seeds
  • Chia Seeds
  • Chickpeas
  • Kale
  • Book Choy
  • Full Fat Coconut Milk
  • Almonds
  • Sea Vegetables
  • Quinoa

Check out the details of these foods from www.youngandraw.com

 I also want to clarify why I talk so much about plant proteins and plant based calcium versus animal proteins and calcium, before anyone has a 😫 hissy fit πŸ˜‰. I assume that, unless you are living a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle you are getting plenty of animal protein/calcium sources.  I believe that as a society we get too many animal products in our diets in general.  (that is coming from someone who eats a fairly “paleo” styled diet) We need to get more plants in anyway so we might as well get in the most nutrient dense ones.  I’m all about getting the most bang for your buck!πŸ€‘

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About Pure Energy Lifestyle

I am a Certified Massage Therapist, Certified Personal Trainer, Wife, and Mother of two incredibly active children. I am promoting a healthy and active lifestyle for all people at any stage of health

Posted on May 10, 2016, in Clean Eating, Exercise, Health, Teen Fitness and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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