Shed This Age Myth – Get Your Kid Up and Gymming!
Many parents think that sending their kids to the gym below the age of 18 could hinder their height growth or affect their health in unwanted ways. That is simply a myth you should discard right away. This is especially important for you if your kid is aspiring to be a sports or athletic champion in the future.
Here’s an obvious example. If you follow sports news, you should be hearing or reading about the winners across the globe in different under 19, under 17, and even under 15 sports competition? Do you think those kids are of different species born with supernatural skills? No, they are as normal as the kid next door. The only difference is that they are well trained!
Let’s put the concept of gym aside for now. As soon as your kid starts to walk and run, he/she is getting some sort of exercise. It’s just the activities and the space change such as playing indoors or in the school grounds or at any parks. They do not suddenly acquire that prerequisite qualities for exercising at the age of 18 or whatever number you think of.
Of course, we understand your concern as a parent. So, here we clarify a few things for you if you are worrying about your kid attending a gym
- Firstly, do not think that if your kid is aspiring to succeed in the field of sports or athletics, they can start training at the start of their career. They should be prepared well in advance and for that they need to be well trained and fit.
- The ideal age for kids to join would be 12-13. Unless he/she has any physical health problem or any limitations, they could attend a gym.
- A personal trainer or a guide is very strongly recommended for kids. They should be ideally guided on which exercises to perform and which exercises not to, and most importantly, how to perform them.
- The exercises done by the pros and those that are recommended to kids vastly vary. It’s more the reason for the presence of an expert trainer while they workout.
- There’s no scientific proof that working out at the gym hinders the health or height of a kid. With proper guidance in a safe workout environment, your kid can become strong and fit without any risk. In fact, many global and popular celebrities who are fit and athletic we see today had started training in their early teens.