3 Ways to Get Teens Interested in Healthy Lifestyles

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3 Ways to Get Teens Interested in Healthy Lifestyles

Some teens are born wanting to think and live healthily. I think if we could take an honest poll, it would probably not be most of them. It is natural for teens to want to consume themselves with sedentary activities and consume fun food while they engage a little adolescent isolation (or the opposite: teen drama).

On the other hand, there are nothing like teenagers to jump on the bandwagon for healthy lifestyles once they get a vision for it. The secret to self-motivation for self-care is to get their buy-in!

For homeschool high schoolers to truly want to be healthy, they need a wholistic understanding of their health. They need to understand that God created them as a whole person with many facets:

  • Spirit
  • Soul (mind, emotions, will)
  • Body
  • Social (connects with self, family, friends, church, work, society)

If we want to get teens motived for self-care, we would be wise to help them gain skills in all those areas…and to WANT to have skills in each of those areas.

What are 3 ways to get teens interested in healthy lifestyles?

Healthy lifestyles are just as much caught as taught. If we want to get teens motived for self-care, we would be wise to help them gain skills in all those areas...and to WANT to have skills in each of those areas.

Way #1 to Get Teens Interested in Healthy Lifestyles: Model it yourself

We parents can gain some inspiration from the old adage, “More is caught than taught”. If we give ourselves permission, and perhaps a personal plan, we can live healthily in front of our children. They will gain some skills and attitudes simply by exposure to your skills and attitudes.

This does not mean that you must be fitness queens…just good-enough queens!

This simply means that you can ask yourself these simple questions (no guilt-trip allowed):

  • How would God like for me to treat myself?
  • How can I treat myself as a daughter of God?
  • What small activities, habits and thoughts can I incorporate into my life on a daily basis?
  • Need a planner for all this? Our friend, Melanie Wilson, at Homeschool Sanity Podcast, has a planner (The Organized Homeschool Life) to help you organize these (and other) aspect of your healthy lifestyle. BTW- We are not affiliates, just admire her skills. Want to hear more about organization? Catch her interview on Homeschool Highschool Podcast. 
HSHSP Ep 152: How to Get Your Homeschool High School Organized. Interview with Melanie Wilson of Homeschool Sanity Podcast. Get tips for scheduling and organizing your homeschool.
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Way #2 to Get Teens Interested in Healthy Lifestyles: Provide role models

I’ve noticed by working with homeschool high schoolers over the years (my kids included) that they like to have 3 kinds of role modes besides their parents:

  • In Real Life role models.
    • IRL role models are usually a little older than they are and present a personality and lifestyle that teens can admire. I have seen them look up to:
      • Youth group leaders
      • Coaches
      • Band leaders
      • Worship leaders
      • College students or young working adults that they know or are related to
  • YouTube role models
    • Many teens find their role models on YouTube. If a YouTuber can inspire your homeschool high schoolers toward a healthier lifestyle, why not? Here are some YouTube role models teens say they like:
      • Cambria Joy. Healthy lifestyle.
      • Justin Weber Yo-yo performer. Working out isn’t the only way to be physically fit and happy. Try yo-yoing. Justin Weber is a homeschool graduate. He competes internationally in yo-yo competitions.
      • Trio Fitness OCR. We are a little biased here, but we suggest a little role modeling from 2 homeschool graduates (and sons of our 7Sister Sara) who own and operate TrioFitLife.com.
      • One of our homeschool high school friends recommended Anabolic Aliens for workouts.
      • Another homeschool high school friend recommended the cute dance fitness videos at Refit.
      • A Christian wellness/fitness channel recommended by another friend: Revelation Wellness.
  • Website role models.
    • Our same friends, Luke and Joel Hayes from the YouTube channel are also at  TrioFitLife.com. They train athletes for Obstacle Course Races. They love it and so do their clients.
    • One of our homeschool friends recommended this Christian yoga website.

Way #3 to Get Teens Interested in Healthy Lifestyles: Get a non-boring Health text

While homeschool high schoolers need to catch healthy lifestyles by watching their role models, they also need to learn it for themselves. It’s hard for teens to do what they don’t know. If they use a text for their Health credit that inspires them, rather than kills-the-subject with busywork and over-teaching, they are more likely to start to understand themselves. And if they understand themselves better, they will be able to better formulate their own self-care plans.

We recommend 7Sisters High School Health for the Whole Person!

High School Health for the Whole Person. Homeschool Health curriculum that develops teen's spirit, soul, body and social awareness. 7SistersHomeschool.com
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High School Health for the Whole Person is a 1 credit course presented in 7Sisters no-busywork, don’t-kill-the-subject, adaptable-to-different-levels styles. It is written to be enjoyably readable for most homeschool high schoolers and provides meaningful, interesting activities for leveling-up to a rigorous Honors credit for college-bound teens.

When you download your teen’s copy of 7Sisters High School Health for the Whole Person, they will gain skills for understanding and managing their:

  • Spirit
  • Soul (mind, emotions, will)
  • Body
  • Social (connects with self, family, friends, church, work, society)
  • AND in these days of a crazy world, there is information on safety

Help your homeschool high school teens get interested in healthy lifestyles!

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3 Ways to Get Teens Interested in Healthy Lifestyles

Vicki Tillman

Blogger, curriculum developer at 7SistersHomeschool.com, counselor, life and career coach, SYMBIS guide, speaker, prayer person. 20+year veteran homeschool mom.

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