On land or in the water: introduce the child to physical activity

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Growing up healthy in the age of video games and junk food is a battle.

When a six-year-old ran a marathon in Arizona – it caused mistrust and questions about what age is right for your children to do.

We are not talking about those who have time and their parents, but about ordinary people like us.

Of course, you won’t tell your baby to go out and run, but …

“Between the ages of three and five, you need to exercise for three hours every day, not all at once, 15 minutes every hour,” said AHN pediatrician Dr. Jennifer Price. “They have to run, play freely, play with instructions, you know – hit the balls, stuff like that.”

Meanwhile, Dr. Price said children need to give up jogging and running, saying long-term running is something that should be waited until 8-10 years.

And if the child says he’s tired – listen.

“Children have a sense of the body and know when to stop, and they outweigh that sense of the body in response to parents or adults telling them they need to stop,” Dr. Price said.

Dr Price said that at the age of 12 you can start lifting weights, but it has to be “very, very controlled by people who understand what’s going on”.

Baseball can be fun, but young hands aren’t made for major league achievements.

“Tommy John’s surgery on younger teenage boys is on the rise,” Dr. Price said, warning against not setting the bar too high. “Children get depressed and anxious because they don’t achieve what they thought they should achieve, or something like that.”

She said exercise and competition are good for children, but remember that their bodies are still developing and being injured if they are not treated properly.

Age-appropriate exercises: in the pool


When it comes to some of the best exercises, nothing is better swimming for a general workout; using your whole body, and providing blood pumping, but it doesn’t create stress on your body like other exercises.

So when should we take our kids to the pool?

Early – very early – but with age-appropriate expectations. So this means looking for a place to take the baby, in some cases these places are free.

However, an early start doesn’t mean dipping your newborn … but it’s close.

“I would say that probably six months would be quite good to introduce the child to the pool,” Dr. Pryce explained.

That’s right – six months, and at Thelma Lovette YMCA in Hill County, water director AJ Thomsen said they were ready.

“Children as young as six months are in this water, experiencing water and loving it,” Thomsen said.

Of course, these semesters are in the hands of adults, and training can begin from there up to three years.

“We teach them to get permission to go into the water,” Thomsen explained. “We teach them to swim on their backs so that when they’re in the water, they can keep breathing. We also teach them and teach them how to get out of the water.”

Three years is a turning point, and Thomsen says they can really start teaching children to swim on their own. Lessons from there in Y. This is especially important because minority communities lag behind the swimming curve.

“I think the YMCA is well known for having all of its resources available to people, regardless of their means,” Thomsen said.

Thomsen added that people need to turn to the coming YMCA, they want everyone to be safe in the water and they will help you do it financially.

Allegheny County also offers free lessons in its park pools.

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