Children And Exercise
For a lot of parent, they care less about taking their children through regular exercise routines.They think that the kids are too young for any exercise. If you have a child of 6 to 8 years old that wants to start exercising and lifting weights, you may find yourself wondering what you should do. While some think it is perfectly fine for children to exercise, there are others that think differently.
In summary it is right and beneficial for children to have exercise.And it is beneficial for your child to partake in exercise or a weight training regimen although there are a few things that you should keep in mind once this
starts to happen.
A Health expert opined that children who don't have regular exercise are an risk of failing healthy and that the approach to children exercise should be different from that of the adults.She says:
"No matter how you look at it, children aren't miniature adults and therefore you can't use the same methods with growing children that you can use with adults, as children are different from adults emotionally, anatomically, and physiologically."
The reason being that children bones are not as strong as that of the adult. All children have immature skeletons, as their bones don't mature until they get 14 - 22 years of age. With girls, exercise during childhood can have very critical effects on bone health that can last for their entire lives.
A doctor from the Washington Hospital said that children are often times vulnerable to growth related overuse injuries such as Osgood schlatter disease.He says:" Children have immature temperature regulation systems due to their having a large surface area compared to their muscle mass which will cause them to be more susceptible to injury when they aren't properly warmed up."
As a result of children not having to sweat as much as adults do, so they will be more susceptible to heat exhaustion as well as a heat stroke. Due to their low muscle mass and immature hormone system, it makes it harder for them to develop strength and speed.
Their breathing and heart response during exercise are also different from an adults, which will affect their capacity for exercise.
Conversely, young boys and girls can drastically improve their strength with weight training although opposed to adults, neurological factors instead of muscle growth factors are mostly responsible.
In any exercise program you are planning for children, first and foremost you should obtain a medical clearance. The first approach to designing a program is to establish a repetition range of 8 - 12 and keep the work load appropriate for the range.
A fitness trainer and who have exercise modules for kids in his exercise programs says:
"You should ensure that workouts are spread out enough to have at least 1 - 2 full days of rest between workouts. The main focus when working out should be on the form of every exercise performed,and not on the amount of weight being lifted."
Before weight training, warm up and stretching should be done. Start your children off with light loads and then make adjustments accordingly. No more than 3 non consecutive exercise sessions should be done in a week. You should make sure that they drink plenty of water before, during,and after exercise. Giving children enough water is very important with exercise, as it is often times very easy to get dehydrated