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No Kidding… Kids At Gym

In order to keep fit, it is always recommended that exercises are the best way to accomplish this goal. It is advised that all adults should get at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise five days a week.

When most adults think about exercise, they imagine working out in the gym, running on a treadmill, or lifting weights.

But for kids, exercise means playing and being physically active. Kids exercise when they have gym class at school, during recess, at dance class or soccer practice, while riding bikes, or when playing tag.

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But kids of this generation are also working out in the gym, running on a treadmill, or lifting weights. Is it really good?

Improving strength doesn’t have to mean lifting weights. Instead, kids can do push-ups, stomach crunches, pull-ups, and other exercises to help tone and strengthen muscles. They also improve their strength when they climb, do a handstand, or wrestle.

‘Young children should absolutely not be doing weight training or resistance work,

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There is always a danger of children over-doing things. Lots of budding footballers who train hard from an early age suffer later with their legs. Too much exercise can make children ill and their immune systems suffer.’

This may have some advantages as well:

One of the best ways to get kids to be more active is to limit the amount of time spent in sedentary activities, especially watching TV or other screens.

· Put limits on the time spent using media, which includes TV, social media, and video games. Media should not take the place of getting enough sleep and being active.

· Limit screen time to 1 hour a day or less for children 2 to 5 years old.

· Discourage any screen time, except video-chatting, for kids younger than 18 months.

· Choose high-quality programming and watch it with your kids to help them understand what they’re seeing.

· Keep TVs, computers, and video games out of children’s bedrooms and turn off screens during mealtimes.

But the disadvantages are more of a reason for concern as they are life threatening.

Do not begin any new exercise program without consulting your doctor first, especially if you have any health conditions or have been suffering from some serious health problem.

By: Drishti Gupta

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