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Teenagers, Basic Exercise info, and a question..

First of all, I've tried browsing groups and I've only found one for teenagers.. Since this is for PEERS.. I figured there'd be a large variety of ages... I'm starting to think there are few teenagers.. (I'm 16). My only guess is, this site = for the dedicated.. I'm obsessed with nutrition, etc.. Which probably isn't a good thing, but I figure it could make a good career.. Anyway, if you're a teenager, somehow... contact me.. or just reply to this.

My question: How do I write in my blog? I know about the log... but not the blog.. I can't find it. (or maybe I'm just blind..).

And I figure I should give back to the community.. That's always a good thing. I'm currently in Conditioning PE.. But I've been having to miss class a lot recently for various reasons (mainly extracurricular activities). For every day missed, I can make it up by writing a page report on exercise or something sports related... Well, I owe about 7 pages at the moment (which will increase as time goes on). It's been rather beneficial, though. I've learned a lot...

My first advice is to walk. Most people know any exercise speeds up the metabolism even after your done exercising.. However, walking for even 30 minutes a day produces measurable benefits.. It also helps breathing, combating depression, boosts the immune system, and helps control weight..

I've also read somewhere that if you're wanting to burn FAT, long and slow exercise is the best.. If you want to burn CALORIES, short and hard exercise is best... and anything in between burns both..

* Note.. if I'm inaccurate, just say so. I should be right on all of this, unless the website is wrong.. Information does vary.. (such as cold water burns more calories than regular water because your body has to heat it up.. I've read this is false.. The calories needed to heat up the water is very few - next to nothing).

64 oz per day of water = recommended .. I've read cold water helps cure the feeling of hunger and warm water makes you feel full... Again, I don't know if that's really true. However, feeling "hungry" .. or basically just wanting a snack.. is sometimes caused by being dehydrated. So drink up people!!

Okay.. for you ab builders.. 5 tips:
* The main factor in how your abs will look depends on your diet. Sad to say, but true... I have some flab on my stomach.. if it wasn't there, I'm sure I'd have some awesome abs, lol..
* Perform cardio activity before you workout to get a better contraction on your abs and feel that deep muscular burning sensation..
* Contract and flex you abs in between sets to help build ab definition. Bodybuilders do it...
* Minimize rest time in between sets.. The goal is to keep rest to 30-40 seconds in between sets.. Keep the abs burning!
* And finally, train your abs on an empty stomach. This allows you to burn bodyfat as fuel instead of carbohydrates ... (I don't know if this one is truely accurate.. the other ones seem plausible, though).

The best way to be motivated to exercise is to do it with a friend or as a group.. I wouldn't be exercising right now if it wasn't for the fact that I have a conditioning class! .. In the summer I'd get up early on most mornings with my dad and sister and take tae kwon do.. Then I'd get home, get breakfast, and do yoga... Then finally take a shower.. By that time I was really sweaty and stank.. lol. I (sadly enough) didn't lose any weight, but I did notice stronger muscles and that I was more fit..

From personal experience, yoga is great.. If you can't get into a class for some reason (like me = no class around..), you can buy a video/dvd from Wal-mart.. You don't even really need a mat or anything.. So, spend $8 or so, and get a video/dvd. It can be challenging at first, but if you stick with it, you'll notice an increase in flexibility, stamina, balance, posture, muscle tone, and many other things.. It also focuses on breathing.. so any of you asthmatics out there.. I've read somewhere it helps asthma too.. And on top of all of this, you feel great doing it.. and self-esteem does really increase!

.. Right, I've run out of tips.

Sat. Feb 18, 6:47pm

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You are very mature for your age. It is refreshing to see this addition to the threads. My group isn't 16 but we love yoga and you are welcome to join. I believe it is simply title : More Yoga Lovers :)
Take care.
Redmaiden :)

Saturday, February 18, 2006, 7:50 PM

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Thanks... I try...

And I found that Blog = Log. Thought I'd say something before someone told me..

However, I do believe a blog would be beneficial.. I want to add thinspo..

Monday, February 20, 2006, 2:36 PM

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You are right that an obsession with fitness can become a career. One of my best friends in college became obsessed with diet/fitness, and she decided, after graduating, to become a personal trainer, so her obsession and her job wouldn't conflict. A lot of people gave her a hard time because we graduated from a top-10 university, and you don't need a college education to become a personal trainer, only a certification. But, 2 years out of school, she's probably the happiest in her job of any of us!!

Monday, February 20, 2006, 2:53 PM

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You may want to do a bit of advertising

There may not be many teens on PT now, but there could be! I suggest you start your own group and post looking for members. Post here, on the community board and then also post on in some major cites in the "general" or "groups" catagories. Be sure to explain what PT is and include a link. I bet you'll soon find you have teen peers on this site. That's the great thing about PT, you can make it the experienc eyou want it to be. Best wishes!

Tuesday, February 21, 2006, 12:10 AM

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I found this link on accident. It's a bunch of top diet sites.. Hope it helps anyone!


Wednesday, February 22, 2006, 8:44 PM

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