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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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    F1027615351968

    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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    labimba
    labimba posted in Style:
    Neko girl I have to get back in shape for September if u want we can be training buddies!  :)  
    reply 1 day
    animallover468
    animallover468 posted in Style:
    EndlessDream is right. Skipping breakfast and lunch can result in stomach ulcers and sudden weight gain (had personal experience...), ESPECIALLY skipping breakfast! You have to incorporate exercise in your daily routine. Stomach and body fat is mostly caused by lack of exercise, and maybe that means you need to do toning exercises. Try doing simple exercise videos like the 3-mile powerwalk on YouTube (trust me, I sweat like crazy when I do those workouts). Anything that gets you sweating, is the kind of exercise you need to do.  I hated working out when I first started my weight loss journey too. I would always start wheezing every time I started working out. But after pushing through everyday, I think working out is one of the best stress busters I've ever had!  If you want to lower your appetite though, I suggest eating a full lunch and breakfast and skipping your dinner. If you can't skip dinner, then at least try aiming for an early dinner, around 5:30 or 6:00. Your body needs time to digest at least 4 hours before you sleep. I started gaining weight around puberty when I was 12, it could be the same for you too.  But honestly, there's nothing wrong with having consciousness about your weight. Now starving yourself and dieting is BAD, but there's nothing wrong with changing your lifestyle in order to be fit. It's a good thing that kids start caring about their health, and the earlier you start, the better off you are. 
    reply 1 day
    EndlessDream
    EndlessDream posted in Style:
    You need breakfast and lunch. Starving yourself, even if you aren't hungry, makes you loose energy to the point you could pass out from not eating. Keep your diet healthy. For breakfast, at least have yogurt, fruit, and juice. Drink at least 4 full glasses of water a day. Trim down on the snacks. Everyone has different bodies and build. You may just be large-boned. And that's not bad! That makes you stronger and higher ability to gain muscle. Loosing weight doesn't happen over night. It can take months. 
    reply 2 days
    Nekogirl101
    Nekogirl101 posted in Style:
    For years my parents would tell me I'm skinny but compared to other people, my waist was bigger and I would always hide it. Though it was obvious I weighed more, I've only been doing this for a week and I didn't ever tell anyone what I was doing until my parents found out. I would skip lunch and breakfast and say I was full. I only ate a big dinner every night. Once my parents found out, they said it was unhealthy and if I didn't  stop, I would develop an eating disorder. I obviously listened to them, but I've tried as best as I can so far. I have barely lost any weight from exercise and my parents won't let me go on a diet because I already 'eat healthy enough'. I want to lose weight without exercising being 3/4s of my lifestyle. I know, I'm a lazy idiot for saying all this.
    reply 2 days
    rainbowpoptart
    Yes, purely for the fact that you should not "hate" your sister (or anyone, for that matter).  I'm guessing by "get in trouble for her", you mean she does something wrong and the blame is all put on you? Yeah, little siblings tend to do that a lot. My brother did for the longest time, until my parents found out how much a liar he is. She, hopefully, will grow out of this eventually. Either that, or your parent[s]/guardian[s] will eventually see through her. You lose your friends to her? By this do you mean your friends want to hang out with her and they want you to tag along and you don't? Or do you mean your friends chose your sister over you? If it's the latter, then perhaps you shouldn't have ever referred to those people as friends. You'll find friends who'll prefer you over your sister, I'm sure of it. The only thing I can tell you to do is try to get along with your sister. Every group of siblings has their cats and dogs moment in life, but they grow out of it (most of the time; there are, of course, circumstances where it doesn't work out that way). Please be grateful for your sister, even if you two fight a lot. You never know how much you need something until it's gone.
    reply 3 days