Teenagers can use Planet Fitness gyms for free to improve their mental and physical well-being during the summer break. No cap.
The fitness center operator and franchiser, which operates 2,400 gyms across the US and Canada has launched its High School Summer Pass Program for its third year during Mental Health Awareness Month.
The annual program, which is open to teens between the ages of 14 and 19, is marketed as a fun, safe, and judgement-free environment for high schoolers to stay active over the summer.
No classes for three months? Problem solved. Exercise plans that are tailored to each individual's age group, as well as workouts with certified trainers, are included in the free summertime offer.
A Wired Research study commissioned by Planet Fitness and conducted for them found that teens are eager to adopt a healthy, positive lifestyle. 75% of the teens surveyed said they were'ready and ready' to begin working out in the gym.
Planet Fitness has a special incentive for those who need a little extra motivation. A TikTok contest will give ten teens the chance to win individual $10,000 academic scholarships. To be considered, they must share an online video describing their High School Summer Pass experiences.
Mental and physical health of teens can be improved
The data shows teens are struggling with their overall health. Planet Fitness said that this was a major reason for launching the program. It enrolled more than 3.5 million high-schoolers in the past year.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), around 22% of 12- to 19-year olds are obese in the US. This is a serious problem for their health.
The World Health Organization suggests that kids between the ages of 5 and 17 should be moderately to vigorously active, focusing on aerobic exercises for at least one hour per day. This will benefit their physical and mental health.
The launch of the High School Summer Pass during Mental Health Awareness Month this year is not an accident. Planet Fitness wants teens to prioritize both their mental and physical health while academic, extracurricular, and after-school programs are on hold, according to a company news release.
The CDC 2021 Youth Behavior Risk Survey found that 29% of high-schoolers have poor mental health – and this percentage has steadily risen since 2011.
According to a Wired Research survey, 61% of teens struggle with mental health issues.
According to a study published in the British Medical Journal, physical activity can reduce anxiety and depression symptoms among young people.
Planet Fitness cited 2020 research by the Human Kinetics Journal that found students who exercised regularly performed better at school than those who did not.
Planet Fitness announced in a press release that teens can sign up now to get free access to the club starting May 15. Those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent. The program will run until August 31.