Nutrition by default implies healthy food and beverages. Have you ever thought about nutrition from the perspective of exercise? If not, it’s time you start analyzing the positive effects of exercising on nutrition. Your kids might want to lift weights, participate in CrossFit classes or do strength training along with their usual game of football or table tennis. Often, we as parents are confused on the effects of these exercises on the health of the child, if in case it might harm them and cause injury.
There is no study till date that supports the fact that strength training in the form of using free weights, weight machines, elastic tubes or the child’s own weight stunts growth. Rather, the opposite is said to be true. For instance, studies show that a girl aged about 9 years who uses dumbbells and elastic bands for 10 months can expect her bone density to improve by 6% compared to only 1.5% when she is not involved in strength training.
Strength Training May Prevent Sports Injuries
Even acclaimed academies give thumbs up sign for strength training for kids 8 years and above as it is an excellent approach to prevent millions of sports-related injuries that occur every year. These academies also support the fact that kids get to build strong muscles without increasing muscle size until they cross puberty. Strength training in children not only improves body composition and cardiac fitness but also blood cholesterol, bone density and mental health.
What Is CrossFit?
The word ‘CrossFit’ is often used nowadays with respect to gym training and exercise. CrossFit includes:
Best Strength Programs
A typical program includes active games, 20-25 minutes of weight training and fun activities that help sharpen motor skills. It is better to choose programs that have kids use bands, dumbbells and child-adaptable machines instead of the child’s body weight. By this, the kid learns to add resistance as they build strength.
Some children who might not be suitable for strength training include kids with uncontrolled high blood pressure, seizure disorders or those with a history of chemotherapy.