December 10, 2013( Comments: 0 )

Kids and Training in the Gym

Hi everyone. Hope your week has been full of exercise and cheer.

I thought this week I would talk about kids and what or when is the right time for them to start training in the gym, but particularly when is it the right time for them to start strength training.

In Australia we know that obesity is a major problem amongst kids and Australians in general. With fast food being so easily accessible and so cheap people tend to go for the fast food fix.

We need to encourage our kids to play sports and be active from a young age and that comes from the family and home life. We are all time poor and very busy but we need to ensure we encourage and put our kids in team sports.

At a young age, 8-12 years, team sports, riding, skateboarding, surfing and outdoor activities will be enough exercise but once they become teenagers it is really important for us as parents to continue to encourage our children to stay involved with their sports. These are the years when exercise can start to diminish as they have additional studies, they find the opposite sex, parties, they learn to drive and become lazy.

We should encourage teenagers from the age of 16 to keep training, especially in their team sports. The ones that stay playing team sports will be introduced to strength training. This is a good time to introduce them to the gym for fitness and strength training.

Strength training is the practice of using free weights, weight machines, and rubber resistance bands, or body weight to build muscles. At this age it is all about small weights and high reps, nothing strenuous 3 days a week. The benefits may go beyond physical health. Teenagers may feel better about themselves as they get stronger, feel less anxious and have a positive outlook on life.

So if you are finding your teenager is becoming a bit slack with their fitness why don’t you bring them down to the best gym in the northern beaches. The Gym Factory in Warriewood can assist you with getting your teens a fitness and resistance training program. Just come and see one of our PT’s for some assistance

In Fitness xxxxx

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