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Kids and Muscles

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Kids and Muscles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You may think that building muscles is easy but the reality is that muscles come as you get older. As you enter puberty your body changes and starts to produce hormones that allow your muscles and bones to grow. When you are young, your body has lower levels of these hormones and therefore it is very difficult to build muscles like you see with super heroes and professional sports people.

 

The cool thing is: When you are young you can still build strength and improve your fitness level. Interacting with your friends and family by running, jumping, swimming, playing sport and even riding your bike all assist in building strength and fitness levels. The reason for this is; you are working your bodies muscles and thus making them stronger and healthier.

 

To help build strength and fitness you should also try and eat healthy foods. It is important to eat a variety of foods that have proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and some fats. As a young adult who hasn’t yet entered the teen years, eating lots of protein will not increase your chances of building strength and muscles. Your body requires only a certain amount of protein to fuel your body and cell functions. Any extra protein eaten will only be passed through the body when you go to the toilet and not be used.

 

Should Kids Lift Weights

 

Kids who haven’t entered puberty should be mindful that pumping iron by lifting weights can be dangerous. Lifting weights places stress on muscles and tendons and if done incorrectly could lead to a strain or tear. To strengthen and tone muscles, you should try body weight activities like push-ups, chin-ups or squats or use therabands (large rubber bands that add strain when you perform exercise activities). With any physical activity program that involves resistance equipment it is advised that you ask for help from a sports coach or a trainer.

 

Remember: Physical Activity does not just involve lifting weights; it involves any activity where your muscles are working. While you are young run, jump, swim, ride and play your way to stronger and fitter you. Leave weight training and pumping iron to when you are older. Your body will thank you in the long run.

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