Do You Know Body Basics?

Hey, that’s some amazing body you have! Right now, your heart is pumping, your lungs are taking in air, your stomach is digesting that afternoon snack...and that’s just the beginning! How much do you know about what’s best for your bod? Tackle these True or False questions and find out!

True or false?

  1. Eating greasy foods and chocolate makes acne worse.
  2. It’s a good idea to get a tan at the beginning of the summer—it’ll protect your skin from sunburn.
  3. In order to do your body good, a workout needs to last for at least 30 minutes and be tough enough to make you feel out of breath.
  4. “Ear bud” earphones are a kind-to-your-ears way to listen to your favorite tunes.
  5. During puberty, changing hormone levels can make you feel weird and mixed up even when nothing is really “wrong.”
  6. Your eating and exercise habits as a kid aren’t that important. There’s plenty of time to worry about that later on.

1. False! Studies have found no connection between food and acne. The best way to deal with pimples is to wash your face twice a day and after exercising, keep your hands off your face (no popping pimples!), and keep your hair clean. Need extra help? Try an over-the-counter face wash or acne treatment.

2. False! While a tan does offer some small protection against sunburn, it also damages your skin. You’re better off using sun block (look for SPF 15 or higher) and seeking shade whenever you can.

3. False! Exercise doesn’t have to be hard work to build strong bones and muscles. So spend some time dancing to your favorite tunes, taking Spot for a brisk walk, or kicking a ball around your yard—your body will thank you!

4. False! Experts fear that frequent use of ear buds may lead to hearing loss, even in kids. So keep the sound low (if you can hear it two or three feet away, it's probably too loud) and take frequent breaks—every hour or so, remove the ear buds for 10 minutes. When you can, plug your player into speakers instead.

5. True! Your mind changes as you go through puberty, just like your body. The hormones that cause you to grow taller, develop body hair, and need a bra also affect your emotions. But hang in there—it does get easier!

6. False! If you develop good habits now, you’ll have a better chance of staying healthy your whole life. And you’ll feel stronger and have a better self-image, too.