Exercising every day has many advantages, the main ones are living a healthy lifestyle as well as having a healthy body weight. In reality though there are so many more reasons why you should exercise daily, and many of them relate to making you a better person inside and out by gaining confidence and inner strength. Below I have compiled my top 5 reasons why exercise builds confidence and inner-strength in teens.

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1. Learn how to set and follow SMART goals: Everyone knows how to set a goal, however setting one and following it are two separate things. A goal without a road map is essentially just a dream, it will be very hard to attain. Using the SMART goal philosophy will help you realize your goals much easier and much quicker. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Result specific, Time bound.

2. Learning to fail: You will fail in life, it’s a fact, and you might fail at the goal you set. The most important part is learning from these failures and turning them into successes. By doing this you will gain confidence and inner-strength, even through failure.

3. Building good work ethic: If you have no other commitments, exercising daily would be a cinch. Unfortunately not all of us are so fortunate, we have work or school, homework, families, friend etc. Making exercise a priority in your life will help you determine what is most important and how you should spend your time, making you smarter and stronger.

4. Waiting to see results: This one follows #3, not many people have all day to exercise, and no one can exercise once and see the results. In order to achieve your SMART goals you will have to continue to work day after day for weeks or months. This type of dedication helps strengthen you, builds your confidence and makes you patient.

5. Improve your physical control: Some of the best athletes in the world got to where they are not because they only did that sport, but because they did many sports. This helped them gain better body control and the confidence to succeed. By exercising you are teaching your body how to move, which in turn will help you be more coordinated, confident and strong, both inside and out.

Mike Dellemann has spent the last 10 years as both an athlete and a coach and has seen firsthand what happened to those who make SMART goals, stuck to them and worked hard. Although there can be days that are difficult, the end results always outweigh those small hiccups.
Coach Mike is a former Team USA Skeleton athlete who has competed internationally in 4 different countries and won many medals. He is an avid hiker and backpacker, fisherman, hunter and water skier. An ex collegiate All-American Decathlete in college he now enjoys coaching high school track and field and teaching grades K-12. Mike has a BA in Business Administration with a minor in Adventure Education and is pursuing his MBA.

About Kurbo:

The experts at Kurbo, a new fitness/weight management mobile-based app designed just for kids, comes complete with personalized coaching. It is unlike adult fitness apps, which focus solely on food tracking and calorie counting. Instead, it offers games, in-app chats and video sessions with a personalized coach, and an easy “traffic light system” breaking down food categories into three easily identifiable colors.

See whether Kurbo is right for your child, try a Kurbo coaching plan for free today!

Developed by Joanna Strober, whose middle child struggled with his weight, she teamed up with co-founder, Thea Runyan, who spent over a decade doing research at Stanford on childhood obesity. Together they recreated a virtual version of the expensive and demanding hospital weight programs designed specifically for adolescents. www.kurbo.com

Prior to co-founding Kurbo, Thea spent 12 years as the lead behavior coach for the Pediatric Weight Control Program at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, where her expertise in this field has helped hundreds of kids, teens, and families manage weight and lead healthier lifestyles. Known as “The Stoplight Lady,” Thea is a frequent guest speaker on topics related to pediatric obesity, and writes about health and weight management on the Kurbo blog and for many other publications. She holds a BA from UC Berkeley and an MPH from San Jose State University.

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