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The Perils of Couch Potato Syndrome

Playing video games and watching TV may be fun. But too much of anything can take a toll on both your physical and mental health. Of course, you know that exercise is important to stay fit and physically healthy. But did you know that exercise can also improve your mood?

I Get Depressed

Do you ever feel depressed? Do you sit around all day in front of the TV or computer? You may not know that the two are connected. Research has shown that getting a little bit of exercise each day can relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety. As little as ten minutes of physical activity can improve your mood for the day. Why? Because exercise increases endorphins—the body’s natural anti-depressants or feel-good chemicals—within the body.


I Hate Exercising

Exercise sounds like a chore. But it doesn’t have to be, honestly! You don’t have to jog or lift weights if that’s not your style. You can walk your dog, go to the park, play frizbee, shoot hoops or play street hockey. You can crank your music and dance around your bedroom. You can go swimming, ride your bike, practice your kickflips—just about anything! With summer just around the corner, why not take advantage of the sun while it’s here. You have all winter to stay glued to the couch.


Sofa Boy

Scott Langteau wrote a hilarious children’s story about a boy who refused get off the sofa. Day after day, he watched TV or played video games, until one day he discovered he was stuck! The sofa’s fibers clung to his arms, legs, back and head until he and his cat became one with the furniture. In the end, the boy looked longingly out his window at the kids outside and knew that he’d never again have the chance to play.


If you or someone you know is becoming a couch potato, grab a copy of Sofa Boy. It’ll either make you laugh or scare the laziness right out of you!


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    How Often Do You Exercise?

    • Every day.
    • Once a week.
    • When I walk to 7-11 to buy junk food.
    • Never - I'm a fat slob.

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    CoolerThanMyself
    I'm a 12 year old girl with really strict parents! I do chores( even handling BLEACH sometimes) , I take care of my little brother, I'm in top set for all my classes- even on the gifted and talented register and I've only ever had 1 detention- and that was their fault anyway bc I was late( they drive). But, I'm still NEVER allowed out with my friends! My friends are all in top sets as well, are well behaved and all we literally would do is window shopping. I mean, there are my age smoking shisha and doing #####- they should be lucky I'm not a delinquent! But my parents always say I can't hang out. Not because they're worried about my safety, they just dont want me to go out.! Even sleepovers, my parents always say no because they ' haven't met the parents" but they make NO effort to do so. I'm losing out on knowing my friends better and whilst they're all making best friends, at school I'm just the person in the background- the left out friend. It hurts and most of the time I wish I was fostered or something. How can I make them loosen up? ( don't say anything about sneaking out because I chose life)
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    Kirsteeeeen
    Kirsteeeeen posted in Friends:
    Is there a particular reason or situation causing you to feel this way? I can't provide much advice other than talk to them about it. Communication is important.
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    Arenl
    Arenl posted in Friends:
    He is a jerk, but then what ?? He is your best friend . Maybe you should tell him to sleep for an extra hour. It may be a lack of sleep.
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    KittyCheshire
    KittyCheshire posted in Friends:
    My BFFEL (best friend for eternal life) is being a jerk after we have been friends for a long time. What should I do?
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    PittsburghPenguinsFanatic
    "aftershock" wrote: "NicolletteA" wrote: no. and you sound like the marketing people that stop me at the mall.  :/ lol, I'm not, i just kno someone whos making a new app and wanted to see if any1 would use it.   BTW what do u say to the marketing people at the mall? No. I don't like those people at the mall. Sometimes, they ask my family and I (usually directed at my mom and sister, but sometimes at me, too. Even though I'm under 13. Not for long though.) if they want their hair done. And sometimes I'm so tempted to say, "No thank you. I did my hair today. Do you think I want it done?" But of course I never do. It's kinda disrespectful. So we just usually say No thank you. My mom, sister, and I now have a solution for that (my idea when I was maybe ages 9-11) Don't make eye contact with them and pretend that they aren't there.
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