What does it mean for kids to have healthy muscles?
Before puberty, kids can’t develop substantial muscle mass – they just don’t have the hormones needed to bulk up. So, if you want your kids to have healthy muscles, focus on building long, strong and flexible muscles. Just what does it take?
The simple answer is let your kids play. Playing makes muscles. The more fun they are having, the more muscle they will build. Let your kids choose what they want to do – within reason. Bike riding, swimming, organized sports, dance, gymnastics, yoga, or playing in the yard.
Eat healthy. Drink milk, eat lean proteins, veggies and fruit. No need for protein powder. Check out my other posts on kid’s nutrition.
If you want to increase resistance, skip the weights. Instead, use the body for resistance or use resistance bands. Make the old standbys into fun games.
As with anything – common sense and moderation are key. Make sure your kid rests when he is tired or in pain. Use appropriate athletic equipment. Warm up before playing hard.