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I'm seven. Should I be lifting weights? If so, how many pounds?

Good question, Makayla. Weight training can be a little tricky for kids your age. But that doesn't mean you can't increase your muscular strength. Kids can get stronger by using their own body weight. Push-ups, wall-sits, and hanging from the monkey bars are examples. But there is something you can do now to prepare yourself for weight training. It's called "proper form." Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent, shoulders back, and abs tight. Imagine you have weights in your hands, and slowly lift them to your shoulders, bending at the elbows. You can even use cans of soup instead of weights. Practice doing this without wiggling your body or swinging your arms. Remember to breathe too. Pretty soon you'll be so good at proper form you'll be ready to add real weights. Start with 2 pound weights. Have a grown-up act as your "spotter" to help you maintain proper form. Who knows? Maybe you'll get so good at it that you become your parent's spotter!
Hey Kids! In case you’re wondering who in the world I am, here’s a little about my background: When I was a kid, I dreaded P.E. It seemed like I was picked last for every team. So after
I graduated college, I decided to start a program where ALL kids could have fun being active. electriKIDS was born! Now I travel to schools across America, meeting and exercising with kids of all ages. I love my job! Oh- I also have a cat named Jasmine and a dog named Rosco (who likes to climb trees.) I’m looking forward to meeting all you electriKIDS out there!

Do you have a fitness related question to ask Kristen? Well ask away!

 

 

   

Lots of great health information and cool kid sites!
www.kids.gov/k_health.htm

 

Awesome website for girls! This website gives you the 4-1-1 on tons of stuff about your health--inside and out.
www.4girls.gov

 

Here's another great one for girls!
www.girlsinc.org

 

Find out about your favorite big-time sports at this site!
www.sikids.com

 

Check out this fun site- you just might learn a thing or two!
www.kidnetic.com

   
Did you know... your heart is about the size of your fist and weighs about as much as a softball.
The average child gets less than 15 minutes of vigorous activity a day. How much do you get?
   

The percentage of overweight kids has more than doubled in the past 30 years.
electriKIDS is committed to reversing this trend! electriKIDS proudly presents...The Muscle Mania Tour

   

What is your favorite way to exercise in the hot hot sun?

 

 

   

 

"I think it's important for people to exercise and keep their hearts pumping"

- Kali, age 9

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