One question we often receive from parents is, “When can my kids start weight training?”
The American Chiropractic Association, along with other pediatric medical organizations, recommend that kids wait until at least 7 or 8 years old before attempting any type of weight training.
The truth is, kids need to be outdoors, running and playing. These activities will give them all they need in order to physically develop appropriately. Pulling your kids away from “screen time” and getting them more active in any way, is the main key to keeping them healthy. They don’t really need strength training or weight lifting until they’re older.
Having said that, with regard to weight training the main rule to remember is, “Can my kids listen and follow detailed instructions?” They need to be developed enough, both mentally and emotionally, to listen, follow instructions, and obey safety protocol. If your kids can’t follow a coach’s instructions to use correct posture and form while working out, then they will be at risk of injury.
If you have any other questions regarding your kids, exercise, or chiropractic care, please call our office to schedule a consultation. We’ll be happy to help you keep your kids safe.