Obesity among children in America is currently a growing problem. According to health statistics, close to 45% of growing children in America are either over weight or obese. This exposes young children to various diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart diseases. So what must a parent do, should your child is part of that statistic?

Set the Example

Children learn most by example. Put your child to the track of being healthy by being healthy yourself. That is, eating the right kinds of food, exercising regularly and taking ample time for rest and sleep. If you yourself do not follow these imperatives of a healthy lifestyle, it is going to be very hard for your children to follow.

Whether you want your child to combat obesity or start him on a healthy lifestyle at a young age, enrolling your child on a weight training regimen is a good idea. Taking part in the same program yourself, will be a better situation.

Busting Myths

There are a lot of misconceptions in putting children into weight training at an early age. One of them is the safety issue. Any situation, if left unattended, is a potentially dangerous situation for children. Of course we are not talking of exercising the children to exhaustion so they burn those extra fats. Light weight training exercises will do for children and further intensification should be based on the child’s capability and willingness. To respond to the issue of safety, be sure to attend to the details yourself and get your child a qualified trainer that has experienced handling children in similar situations.

Another myth is the fear of meddling with your child’s growth pattern. It is said that a child who lifts weights at an early age will be constrained to grow vertically and therefore might fail to reach his or her full height potential. There is just no truth in that. So long as the weights lifted are not excessive vis-à-vis the child’s size, it should not have ill effect on his or her growth.

Keep It Fun

It is also important to sustain the interest and enthusiasm of the children into the activities. The best way to do this is to inject fun games and fun stuff into the weight training regimen. If you can find a gym that caters to the special needs of children, that would be best for your child.

You might also be able to sustain his or her interest if you are part of the whole regimen too. You can make the work outs a parent and child affair, or even a family affair so he or she will have a support system in his work out towards a leaner and healthier body.

Remember, we are not out to grow muscles for professional competition in our children. The main goal is to help him or her overcome problems with obesity. Thus, we ought to make the whole thing as safe, child friendly and interesting as possible. We can do it by making it fun for them and all of those involved. GP

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