What’s better than FREE-ninety-nine? Not much. And Planet Fitness knows this, which is why their gyms across the state of Florida — and across the country — are hosting the “Teen Summer Challenge 2019.”
The challenge allows 15- to 18-year-olds to work out for free, from May 15 to Sept. 1. Getting started is simple: Teens just have to visit a Planet Fitness near them with a parent or guardian to sign a gym waiver. After that, it’s calorie-burn time.
But there’s more. Planet Fitness is also giving away scholarship money this summer — $30,500 to be exact, but you have to sign up by Wednesday, May 15.. There will be a grand prize as well as one first place winner per state. Get more info here.
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“Teens today are under ever-increasing pressure to succeed academically and socially, battle a growing list of responsibilities both inside and outside of the classroom and become well-rounded members of their community,” said Chris Rondeau, Chief Executive Officer at Planet Fitness. Not to mention that, by the numbers, the health and fitness of teens 15-18 has some room to grow in the right direction.
For example, while today's teens are more health-conscious than ever before, nearly half lack a positive body image. In fact, roughly 42% of teens battle anxiety and body image issues, Planet Fitness discovered after commissioning a national study.
BY THE NUMBERS:
72% of teens believe working out positively impacts their mental health
57% say that between school and extracurricular activities, they don't have enough time to make exercising part of their daily routine
39% of teens say they don't have enough guidance on how to exercise or where to even start
36% prefer to spend their free time working out more, which is a greater than those who want to play video games (27%), browse social media (16%) or watch TV (16%)
91% of those teens surveyed saw grade improvements when they started exercising and 40% said the exercise helped them find more focus
Need a little motivation to sign up? Just remember:
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