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paper and pencil markers or colored pencils 1. Make a four-column chart on a sheet of paper. Label the columns “Activity,” “Physical,” “Mental/Emotional,” and “Social.” 2. Work in a group of three. Take turns identifying and recording a physical activity that you enjoy. Then work together to think of a physical, mental/ emotional, and social benefit of each activity listed. Record these in the appropriate columns. 3. Choose one of the activities on your chart. Using markers or colored pencils, create an ad that illustrates the physical, mental/emotional, and social benefits of that activity. Present your finished ad to the class. Based on class presentations, choose an activity that you’re interested in but have never tried. Write a plan to try the activity to see if you like it. What You’ll Need What You’ll Do Apply and Conclude Promote the Benefits of Physical Activity activity can improve your mood and decrease your risk of depres- sion. Other ways that physical activity benefits your mental/emo- tional health include helping you look and feel better, which can increase your self-confidence. contributing to a positive self-concept by giving you a sense of pride and accomplishment in taking care of yourself. reducing mental fatigue by bringing more oxygen to the brain. This improves your concentration, allowing you to think more clearly and work more productively. giving you a “can-do” spirit when faced with new challenges. 76 Chapter 4 Physical Activity for Life HS_HEALTH_U02_C04_L1 12/6/03 8:22 AM Page 76
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Benefits to Social Health Are you a member of a recreational or school team? Do you swim laps at a neighborhood pool? Do you like hiking or exploring trails in your community? If so, you have probably met—and possibly formed friendships with—others who share your interests. Participating in a fitness regimen with friends can be fun and may motivate you to stick with your fitness program; in turn, you can help motivate your friends. Physical activity can also benefit social health by building self-confidence, which helps you cope better in social situations, such as when you meet new people. giving you the opportunity to interact and cooperate with others. helping you manage stress, which can enhance your relationships with others. Risks of Physical Inactivity ccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention A (CDC), some teens do not make physical activity a part of their lives. The CDC’s findings, compiled in its CDC Fact Book 2000/2001, include these troubling facts about the level of physical activity among U.S. high school students. More than one in three teens (35 percent) do not participate regularly in vigorous physical activity (that is, for at least 20 minutes three times a week).
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