Should You Get a Gym Membership for Your Child?

“Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it”

-Proverbs 22:6

Kids today shut themselves at home playing their X-box, iPad and other gaming platforms. They are glued to their smartphones and they barely have any energy left to interact with other people. We are not condoning gaming or other similar hobbies, but when these things affect your child’s health then it becomes a big problem. Habits are formed at an early age, and what a child does in his early stages of development will affect what kind of adult they will become.

Why a gym? Why not a summer camp, a soccer club or the boy scouts/girl scouts?

All of those other organizations are great choices in developing your child into a better person. The gym is simply one of those choices.

Children from age 2 and onward can greatly benefit from a gym membership if they enroll at the right gym. The gym can help improve your child’s physical, emotional and mental development at the early stages of their life.

Aren’t Lifting Weights Bad for Children?

Yes they are because weights will hinder your child’s growth.  However some gyms specialize in training your children to become more aware of their body, improve their motor skills and help them be more confident in themselves.

Ages 2 to 3

Children from this age group can improve their motor skills from activities such as throwing and running. Gym instructors will focus on more fun activities rather than strict regiments at this age.

Ages 4 to 5

Children at this age will be taught more complex exercises incorporating running, skipping and jumping. Early forms of gymnastics can also be introduced at this age.

Ages 6 to 12

This is the age where your child can decide if they want to continue living an active lifestyle. The gym can help them refine their skills and hone their physiques by teaching them the basics of rock climbing, gymnastics, basketball, soccer, and other fun activities.

Ages 12 to 18

These are your child’s teenage years and this is the time that they adopt a more structured exercise regime. This is the perfect time to give your child an alternative to sedentary activities like watching TV, surfing the internet or playing video games.

Your kids are starting to develop the right hormones needed for muscle growth. They can now start formal weightlifting sessions and resistance training.

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