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my child said that he wants to work out. What kind of workouts should i give him? He's 9 years old.


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Anonymous December 10, 2008


my child said that he wants to work out. What kind of workouts should i give him? He's 9 years old.

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healthy11 December 10, 2008


Do you have a YMCA nearby? They often run special classes for kids, that are designed not to overly stress young children...If I'm not mistaken, they generally don't recommend weight training for someone your son's age, but cardiovascular exercise is good...Would he want to participate in any organized sports, like swimming, soccer, basketball, or taekwondo? There are often "cross country" running clubs which feature "Fun Runs" and similar events even for kids his age and their families.

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Erikwiscool December 10, 2008


but he also said he wants to lose weight.

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laura1967 December 10, 2008


I agree, with "healthly11" PLUS you need to speak with his "pediatrician" first. Just to be on the safe side.

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healthy11 December 10, 2008


As with adults, loosing weight is best achieved by a combination of eating right and exercising. You might be interested in joining Greatschools "Healthy Foods" Group (You can find a list of all the groups by going to the pull-down Groups menu on the upper left side of this page.)

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michellea December 10, 2008


Martial Arts and swimming are two low impact sports that can help develop stamina and burn calories.

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debrasuefitzge December 10, 2008


i agree with laura67 and healthy11,i would definitely speak to his doctor first and see what he or she recommends is best for him.

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lmsabm December 11, 2008


One of the best workouts for kids is sport-related. There are many options that will teach him how to get good exercise while making it fun, and teach him how to properly perform. Swimming offers full-body workouts, martial arts teaches physical, mental, and emotional discipline, baseball teaches hand-eye coordination.... A workout isn't just lifting weights, doing sit-ups, etc.

Check to see what, if any, after-school programs his school offers. Also, check out your local community center and YMCA. Many offer sports for children, who will be divided by age (so they're playing with peers).

If he's wanting to lose weight, combine the physical activity with a good diet. Doing things like knocking out the chips and replacing them with carrot sticks can make a huge difference. But, be sure to talk to a doctor before starting him on any type of diet or before suddenly starting any sort of exercise.

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protectivemom January 6, 2009


Start out by walking outside around your home.
If you have stairs in the house, have him walk
up and down several times.
Dont forget helping out with housework can give
him a good workout too!

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joenay January 27, 2009


My mom use to always have my big brother do push ups and after a while he started making reps on one hand and then he started letting us ( me and my big sister a year apart and we were 4 and 5 at the time he is ten years older) sit on his back and when i got eight i was happy i knew how only one in my class and i took ROTC and i could knock em out in seconds. Push ups are great confidence builders and they help you to relieve stress, and make your upper body strong.



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