A break down of the path to a teen's health and fitness

A break down of the path to a teen's health and fitness (WSYX)

Parents have often expressed concerns over possible dangers of kids lifting weights too soon.

Here's a break down of what's true and how you can make sure your child is on the path to better health and fitness.

Blythe Ferguson and Sydney Hill say a warm up with at least ten minutes of light aerobic activity is a must before their strength training session.

"Definitely stretching and getting your body loose so you don't pull anything," said Blythe. "You just want to be warm like you definitely want to do cardio before you get into the weights."

The teens have been working out for the past couple years and find competition and the social aspect of going to the gym is motivating.

"I think a friend definitely pushes me so much more than I would on my own," said Sydney.

Fitness specialists says teens that want to improve in their sports and get stronger, faster find success in strength training.

But children under age 14 should not try to do too much too soon.

"Emphasize things like form," said Fitness Specialist Johnny Steckel. "And gradual progression as opposed to jumping the gun early and maybe going for too much weight."

Learning control is what 17-year-old Zach Smathers likes best about strength training.

"It gets your mind on something else and you don't need to worry about all the stress on your daily life," said Zach. "You just go to the gym, you work our and that is all you are focused on."

You can take a work out too far, but Blythe says be sure you challenge yourself.

"You want to sweat. You want to be breathing heavy. You want to feel like it's hard."

Student athletics say where ever you work out, there are lessons to be learned by committing to a fitness and strength training plan.

"I think it just builds grit inside or people because you know to push the uncomfortable," said Sydney. "Which I think can come later in life, with other things not just working out."

Trainers tell us finishing strong reinforces a job well done.

"It takes dedication," said Johnny. "It takes commitment, it takes seeing something through."

Experts tell us strength training can protect your child's muscles and joints from sports-related injuries.

Keep in mind the strength training isn't just for athletes.

Even if your child isn't interested in sports, it can strengthen your child's bones and improve your child's confidence and self esteem.

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