Teen Health Course 3

Chapter 9: Physical Activity and Fitness

Student Web Activities - Lesson 2 - Keep Strong

Keep Strong


Staying fit involves more than exercising your heart and lungs. You need to work on keeping your muscles and bones strong as well. This is done by lifting weights and is called "strength training." On the Web site below you will learn about strength training and how it is different from other kinds of weight lifting. You will also learn what you must do to lift weights safely, and how this can improve your performance in other sports.

Link to explore : Mayo Clinic – Strength Training: OK for Kids


  • Start at the "Mayo Clinic - Strength Training: OK for Kids" Web site.
  • Read through the page, taking notes as you go.
  • When you are done reading, answer the questions below.
  • Finally, using the information from the link, list the ways you think lifting weights could help you. For example, maybe you would like your legs to be stronger when you ride your bike, or would like to have some nice muscles to show off at the beach. Once you have your list, do some research to find out what kinds of weight lifting exercises would help you reach your goal, and where you can go to lift weights either at your school or in your community.

Strength training is often confused with three things. What are they?
Why are bodybuilding and power-lifting not good ideas for teens?
What does strength training for teens focus on?
What are four health benefits of strength training for teens?
What are the four most important things to focus on when strength training?
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