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    The formula for men is 220 minus age. For example, for men age 50, this gives a maximum heartbeat of 170.
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    When roller skating or roller blading besides a helmet you can utilize wrist guards, and knee pads to help further reduce the risk of injury.  Wrist guards will protect against a broken wrist or arm if you fall, and knee pads will help prevent skinned or damaged knees.
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    The original concept of a weight belt was to be used as a protective measure for the body when lifting extremely heavy weights.  They are designed to protect your back from hyper extending by pushing in your core muscles and allowing them to work efficiently throughout a movement.  This idea has been under constant scrutiny as some experts suggest that weight belts only work when lifting with faulty mechanics and may actually allow for the muscles of the core to become weaker becasue they are not needed to work as hard to stabilize the spine.
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    I am going to answer this as I answer anything for people under the age of 18, it really falls on the parents shoulders.

    Teens are old enough to make decisions but many times the decisions are best directed by the direction of a parent, family member or mentor.  Let me know explain:

    If a teen has no direction they are left to make decisions on their own so it is completely up to their decision on whether they choose to be active or sedetary.  Go outside or play video games, it is up to them.  However....

    As a parent the teenager is still shaped by the decisions and example the parents leave.  If the parents are engaged in their kids lives, active outside then the chances their teen will remain active are also high.

    Does the parent make time for their teenager?  Does the parents do things as a family that involves activity outside or if they do things as a family does it involve food and sitting?

    My entire point is most teenagers are thinner than what they will be as they age so for most teens weight is not a huge consideration.  However, if their example is laziness and poor eating habits then when they get older they have no idea how to fix a weight problem that may occur.  If they are a teenager and their parents are active and eat healthy then the teenager has a much better chance of remaining active and healthy as well.

    We are still our teenagers example!

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    A weighted vest is a vest you put on that has small weights that can be added to provide extra resistance for body weight exercises like pushups, pull ups, dips, and abdominal exercises. A vest also adds resistance for walking, hiking, and sprints. They are not advised for long distance running as the added weight can make running to high impact and can cause an excessive wear and tear on the body. 
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    Helping a teen maintain a healthy weight involves a combination of healthy eating habits, physical activity habits as well as social supports and an environment that encourages health behavior. For help with proper eating habits you can consult a registered dietitian or a wellness coach. For help with fitness advice you can consult a wellness coach or personal trainer who can help create an effective fitness program for your teen. By providing your child with good information and a positive environment to encourage those behaviors will help your child maintain a healthy weight.
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    Exercise accessories are one way to make exercise fun. While they are not necessary, they can enhance your workout by adding comfort. Useful accessories for working out include some form of a music device such as an MP3 player and an arm band to hold your music device. Listening to your favorite music can help you focus during a training session as well as provide you with additional motivation. You can also bring a pair of workout gloves and use them when training with steel dumbbells or barbells to avoid calloused hands. A water bottle will ensure that you stay hydrated. As a sanitary precaution, it is often a common courtesy to bring a workout towel to the gym, and some gyms will require this.

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    Lifters with heart disease and blood pressure problems should exercise caution when wearing a tight belt for long periods of time because it can elevate blood pressure.  Constantly wearing a belt can also cause decreased strength development in abdominal muscles because your spinal extensors are not required to work as hard to stabilize the body.
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    Health 411: Daily Exercise
    Dr. Lydie Hazan recommends that teens get at least 30 minutes of enjoyable, outdoor exercise, five days a week. Watch this video from Discovery Health.


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    Your teen or tween may not have the perspective yet to recognize what they need to do or not to do to get healthy and/or avoid falling into unhealthy habits. As a caring, involved parent, you want to provide guidance, but you don't know what to say or how to get him or her to listen. Your child is probably listening to you less and less as he or she is turning more to the guidance of peers. Luckily, modeling has been shown to be a very powerful way of shaping your child's behavior. They will do what you do more than they will do what you say.

    It is tempting to share the wisdom of your age and life experience with your kids, but they won't believe that it is wise and applicable to their lives unless they believe you understand them and their daily activities and interests. Before you say anything, make sure you are listening to and asking about their daily lives and the people with whom they surround themselves. Let them teach you a thing or two and they may be more open to what you want to teach them.

    Keep the message positive. Teens who want to assert their independence, be respected, and believe they are nearly adults will reject negative messages even more than the average citizen. Telling them to "not" do something, only makes them want to do it more (and doesn't it work the same way for you too?). Positive reinforcement is always a good way to encourage more of a behavior that you appreciate. The other danger of negativity is that teens and tweens are very self-conscious. Encourage self-esteem in your child by empowering him or her, providing information and support, and always using positive language.
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