In recent years, kids have become less and less active. A majority of children fail to get the recommended 60 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each day. And surprisingly, kids’ muscle strength also has significantly decreased over the past 20 years. To remedy these problems, could we have our kids start strength training to get stronger and to get more physical activity?
A recent study showed that when fairly inactive boys and girls started a strength training program, it made a big difference. Both boys and girls got stronger. Boys actually got more physical activity outside of the strength training, doing more activities spontaneously.
It seems then that strength training might be a good place to start for schools and families to get kids more active. It can be done safely if the kids are taught correct techniques and are supervised during the training. And they might begin to enjoy exercise and stick with it later in life.