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Exercising daily is important for teenagers

By Victoria Riggs

People are reminded everyday about the importance of having a healthy lifestyle.

Eating nutritious foods and exercising regularly play a big part in being fit.

The latest technology trend in fitness are devices, such as Fit Bits, which challenge adults and teens to make exercise a part of their daily routine.

People cannot argue that exercise is wise for teenagers as they tend to spend more time inside watching television or playing video games and less time being active. Exercise is not only good for the body, but it also makes a person feel good on the inside as well. Teens should try to spend at least 60 minutes doing moderate physical activity each day.

Exercise benefits every part of the body because it causes the body to produce endorphins, chemicals that can help a person feel happy and increase self­ esteem. Exercise also promotes restful sleep.

Regular exercise enhances thinking and learnings skills, which may improve performance at school. Lastly, it can also give a person a sense of accomplishment when a certain goal is achieved.

Exercising improves appearance and assists in maintaining a healthy body weight as it burns more calories and develops a toned body; however, the amount of high ­intensity exercise needed to lose weight does vary with people. Some people may need to do more than 150 minutes of activity per week, and some may need to do less.

Diseases, such as type II diabetes, heart disease, colon cancer and stroke, which are found mostly with adults, are now becoming more common in teens. Exercise and maintaining a healthy weight helps reduce the risk of these medical conditions.

Working out will also help lower blood pressure and increase good cholesterol. Brisk walking, running and other weight ­bearing exercises strengthen bones which helps prevent loss of bone density.

Staying active as a teen is extremely important. Becoming involved with a sport or other activity will encourage regular exercise.

There are three components that make up a well­ balanced exercise program: aerobic exercise, strength training and flexibility training. Aerobic exercise gives the heart a good workout as it gets the heart pumping and quickens breathing. Team sports provide a great aerobic workout; however, biking, swimming and running are some examples that can be done individually. Strength training exercises, such as push­ ups, squats, leg raises increase muscle mass and help to build strong muscles.

When muscles are used, they become stronger and can increase endurance. Flexibility training activities helps the muscle and joints stretch easily and reduces the risk of sprains. Some activities like karate, ballet and gymnastics help a person stay flexible.

Staying fit and active is one of the biggest challenges teenagers face. If one is already exercising now, try to keep it up as it becomes more difficult to do as the schedule becomes busier.


Drives should prepare for the winter season

By Alexia Ostrander

Although there has not been any snow or ice so far this winter, drivers should know how to handle situations in this type of weather condition.

Especially to new drivers, winter can be a very dangerous time of the year. It pays to make sure drivers prepare and plan for the snow and weather conditions.

Having reliable transportation is important to ensure a safer ride to and from a destination. A car should not only be in top operating condition all year round, but it is especially important that a car is “winterized” to avoid any unpleasant or dangerous situations while traveling in frigid weather.

Drivers should make sure that all parts of the car function properly. Some of these include the car’s ignition system, brakes, defroster, battery and lights.

Making sure the gas tank does not get low is another important aspect to driving in cold weather.

Although having a phone out while driving is not permitted, having a cell phone in the car is useful if there should be an accident.

Keeping winter supplies which can assist in case of an emergency is also helpful. A car can easily be equipped with essential gear needed for winter driving. In case a car get into an accident or is stuck at the side of the road, one should keep booster cables, blankets, hats, gloves, snow shovel/scraper, flashlight, flares/reflectors, extra windshield fluid/antifreeze and something for traction in the car.

Drivers should also learn safe driving tips to ensure a lower accident risk. Being prepared for the winter weather that will soon come is important to make sure that everyone stays safe on the road.


Drinking water increases health significantly

Water is a nutrient severely overlooked in the diet of many people. Everyone knows water is something that is necessary to our survival simply put. What we don’t realize are the extra benefits to drinking just a couple extra bottles of water a day.

To put into perspective the importance of water, our body is two-thirds water. The brain is 95%, blood 80%, and lungs 90% composed of water.

Even a 2% drop in water levels inside our bodies can lead to some of the first signs of dehydration: dizziness, fuzzy short-term memory, difficulty with basic math and focusing on small print.

Fatigue is a main symptom when water consumption is low. Feeling tired throughout the day can usually be solved as simply as drinking an extra couple glasses of water.

For teenagers, 8 cups is the recommended daily intake of water or other liquids, such as light juices with little sugar, or energy drinks.

Water is so widely available in our country, yet seventy-five percent of American suffer from mild chronic dehydration.

Nearly half of all Americans aren’t drinking enough water each day. This can have many negative effect on the bodies of those not consuming enough fluids. The benefits of water on our bodies is endless, as are the negative effects of not getting enough water in your diet.

Fatigue and dizziness, mood swings, muscle cramps, bad breath, joint pain and constipation are just a few side effects to mention some. All of our internal organs need sufficient water to function properly. By depriving the brain of water, it causes some adverse conditions. The body feels tired, weaker, and if you are an athlete, poor water consumption can contribute to making your muscles feeling significantly sorer. During activities, our bodies sweat and loose fluid. Drinking water during your workout is linked to preventing and lessening muscle fatigue, and improving performance immensely.

Skin benefits from water as well. Clearer, smoother, glowing skin is linked to drinking lots of water. Water helps to rid the body of toxins and cleanse the skin. Being dehydrated can make your skin dry and wrinkly.

Water helps the kidneys perform at a high level to rid the body of toxins as well. Urine will flow clear or light in color and odor free if your water intake is good; or dark and have a slight odor if your intake has been low. Patients drinking less water are more susceptible to develop kidney stones as well.

If drinking enough water is a difficult task, there are things that you can do to help yourself with consuming more water such as drinking something with every snack or meal that you have.

If one is drinking something that he enjoys, he will tend to drink more of it and remember to sip on it throughout that day.

Eating more fruits and veggies can help as well as many contain 20% water and are healthy, tasty snacks as well.

Keeping a bottle of water with you at work, school, in your car or in your backpack is a good idea too. Having easy access to water will help you drink more throughout the day.

The benefits of drinking water are endless, and it is probably the only thing that has zero negative effects on the body. Drinking water can improve your lifestyle and health in many different aspects.

AP Exam study tips

AP exams are approaching rather quickly, and this means the race is on to prepare well and do well. Teachers have more than likely begun cramming information into your already overflowing brain, allowing you to walk out of their classroom intimidated by a test, which has yet to occur.

You probably already know success on the AP exam, or exams if you are really going for it, is unlikely if you avoid studying and reviewing. When you sit down to study for your AP exams, here are some potentially helpful tips to help lead you to those wonderful college credits.


“Practice makes perfect” is a phrase tossed around often these days and is actually an accurate statement. Considering you are an AP student, chances are high you are good at repeatedly doing things over and over, but in case you are not, now would be a really good time to learn how. To start simply, practice tests are the solution to almost everything from the OAA when you were in elementary school to the OGT to the AP test. Completing the practice tests on a daily basis will help you become familiar with the setup of the test and make you familiar with questions they may ask you; therefore, all surprises can be eliminated.

Study Groups

Strength in numbers is helpful in the case of studying. Having multiple minds all working together to learn the same subject can help motivate you. Chances are you may be highly competitive and study groups may push you to do better than your peers. The other people in your group can also create new ways of thinking or viewing a certain subject or help you expand on something you already thought about. While surrounded by students just like you, who are all striving for success, two heads really can be better than one.

Rest and Rest Some More

No one operates well on a small amount of sleep the night before, so there is no way to do well on an important test if you are struggling to keep your eyes open. Netflix and Twitter will be there after the tests are over, so shut it off and go to bed at a reasonable time. If you are not watching Netflix or scrolling brainlessly through Twitter and instead you are spending your night with your head stuck in a book, stop and go to bed. Cramming right before is not beneficial at all, but instead backfires. A study by UCLA shows your brain becomes counterproductive and you are only hurting your performance for the test the following day.

Make the Experience Fun and Reward Yourself

Obviously, trying to make the experience of studying for a really intense AP exam exciting may sound a little pointless, but it will help to keep you focused. Flipping through pages of a textbook or your notes is great, but after a while, reading countless numbers of words will become really boring and you may find yourself distracted by other more fun things. The solution is to simply make what you are doing fun. There are multiple websites, such as Quizlet or Cramberry, which allow you to enter information you have to study and create games out of the material. Also, do not forget to celebrate your achievements when you are done. All of your hard work will pay off and you deserve to treat yourself to something exciting. Knowing there is an incentive will also help motivate you to greatness.

Curious about the date of your AP test? Check the testing calendar here.