There are some people that think cultivating an active lifestyle in children is a bad thing. They believe it is not only dangerous to do exercises at that young of an age, it is also disruptive to their studies as well.
The long and short of it is that yes, 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.
Kids are NOT mini adults, they are different. This means you cannot use the same methods with growing children that you can use with adults, as children are different from adults emotionally, anatomically and physiologically.
All children have immature skeletons. Their bones don’t fully strengthen until mid-teenage years. Bone strength is really important and can be critical for girls. During early childhood, exercise can have critical effects on bone health which can last for life.

Children’s growth related overuse injuries are common, in particular Osgood schlatter disease, which happens when their tibial tuberosity is repeatedly pulled by the patella tendon. They typically have immature temperature regulation systems due to their having a large surface area compared to their muscle mass and are extremely vulnerable to injury when they aren’t properly warmed up.
Children’s physical development differs from that of an adult. For one, children don’t sweat as much as adults do, so they will be more susceptible to heat exhaustion as well as a heat stroke. They can also get dehydrated quicker and are at a greater risk for sunburn and skin cancer due to their higher skin surface to body ratio. When exercising, children can lose water as a result of their high metabolic rate and breathing faster than adults.

Children also have a lower weight and muscle mass than adults, making it harder for them to develop strength and speed. Their breathing and heart response during exercise is also different, which can affect their capacity for exercise.
On the contrary, young boys and girls can drastically improve their strength with weight training, although unlike adults, neurological factors instead of muscle growth factors are becoming increasingly responsible for muscle growth.
When considering programs for your children, you should first obtain a medical clearance. Furthermore, when you design a program, you should establish a repetition range of 8 – 12 and keep the work load appropriate for the range.
You should ensure that your workouts are spread out enough for there to still be a day or two of rest between workouts. The main focus when working out should be on the proper form when executing each exercise; therefore, it’s not important how much weight you’re lifting, as long as you’re performing the movements correctly.
Before engaging in weight training, it is important that you warm up and stretch. This includes picking the right exercise load and then making adjustments as needed. You should also limit the amount of nonconsecutive exercise sessions per week. You should also see to it that they drink plenty of water before, during, and after exercise. Getting enough water while exercising is very important.

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