Physical activity in adolescence. A review with clinical suggestions

Meir Lotan, Joav Merrick, Eli Carmeli

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Abstract

Despite some inconsistencies in research methodologies, most findings support a positive correlation between participation in physical activities and well-being in adulthood. The results are consistent across the life span of both genders. Favorable connection between physical exercise to physical, psychological, emotional and educational benefits has been constantly proven. Despite such results a comparison between present to past findings show a global tendency for sedentary life style and reduced physical activities in many countries across ages and genders. There are claims that achieving an adult healthy life style is rooted in habits acquired at early ages, thus pointing at childhood and adolescence as the starting point of an active and healthy adulthood. The present article reviews the current literature and findings relating to physical activity with better health and an emphasis on adolescence. Factors correlated to participation of adolescents in physical activities are presented and some clinical issues to promote such activity are discussed. The authors strongly recommend enhanced initiation of community based easily accessed physical exercise programs, for children and adolescents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-21
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Israel
  • Physical activity
  • Preventive medicine
  • Public health
  • Well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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