HEALTH REPORT: Exercising after High School

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - You might have played sports in high school, but what about now?
Studies show many women don't exercise enough after they graduate.
LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL CAN BRING MANY CHANGES AND CHALLENGES.
AND ACCORDING TO A RECENT STUDY, A BIG CHALLENGE FOR MANY YOUNG PEOPLE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL IS FITTING IN TIME FOR EXERCISE.
"Basically, women were not meeting those levels across the board, in any of the age groups. However, there was a larger drop-off once you got above the age of seventeen. So once you hit eighteen there was actually a larger drop-off in the female population than in the male population," said Dawn Lorring, PT/Cleveland Clinic.
RESEARCHERS STUDIED the exercise habits of people from 12 to 29 years old.
FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS UNDER THE AGE OF TWENTY, RECOMMENDATIONS CALL FOR SIXTY MINUTES PER DAY.
FOR ADULTS Over TWENTY, IT'S RECOMMENDED TO ACHIEVE ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY-FIVE MINUTES OF EXERCISE PER WEEK.
HOWEVER, ONCE WOMEN REACH THEIR MID-TWENTIES, THEY LOSE THE ABILITY TO MAKE THOSE GAINS AND ONLY MAKE ENOUGH BONE TO REPLACE WHAT IS LOST.
LORRING SAYS TRANSITIONING TO LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL CAN BE STRESSFUL AND BUSY, BUT IT HELPS TO MAKE A PLAN FOR EXERCISE, THE SAME WAY YOU PLAN OTHER EVENTS IN YOUR WEEK.
"Making yourself kind of pencil-in the time during the day or during the week that you're going to get your activity in, so that it's another appointment on your schedule that then becomes more important to you," said Lorring.
LORRING SAYS THAT IT'S IMPORTANT TO CHOOSE AN ACTIVITY THAT YOU ENJOY SO THAT YOU DON'T SEE EXERCISE AS SOMETHING YOU HAVE TO DO, BUT RATHER SOMETHING YOU WANT TO DO. SHE RECOMMENDS DOING AN ACTIVITY WITH A FRIEND OR USING MUSIC TO HELP MOTIVATE YOU TO KEEP MOVING.