Children today are faced with a lot of poor choices when it comes to food. Plenty of junky happy meals have seen healthy kids become obese. However there is a solution especially if the child is a teenager. They can do some bodybuilding exercises to cut down the fat.
If you’re a teen looking to build muscle odds are you face some unique challenges and circumstances. It is likely that you lack complete control over your daily eating, and you may not always have access to the best gym equipment.
Many of you also find yourselves to be too skinny and weak. Your body has grow in height but not in muscularity. You may feel lanky, awkward, uncoordinated and wish you could perform better at sports.
On the other side of the coin are those of you who are a little overweight. You want to look better but don’t know where to start. What should you eat? How should you exercise?
Kids are not meant to exercise harder but there are certain simple routines they can follow. First and foremost you need to go for a checkup so that the doctor can verify what you can do and what you cannot do. You should also be committed meaning no shortcuts.
Following these steps will help you give your muscles the exercise and the fuel they need to get bigger.
1. Get a checkup. If you’re new to exercise or you have any health issues — especially heart problems or conditions that affect your muscles or joints — get a physical exam by your doctor or other health care provider before you start a muscle-building program.
2. Skip the shortcuts. As you’re starting on your path to bigger muscles, focus on the basics, says Shawn Arent, PhD, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and associate professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Spend your energy working out and eating right — not chasing fancy supplements. And don’t even think about using steroids, he says. They can do serious damage to your body now and in the long run.You don’t need steroids to build better muscles. During puberty, your body naturally pumps out testosterone. This hormone encourages your muscles to grow, says William Roberts, MD, a professor of family medicine and a youth fitness expert at the University of Minnesota.
3. Build a solid program. When you’re starting out, avoid tossing together bits and pieces of different weight-lifting programs you see in magazines, Arent says. Instead, build a basic core program that includes the bench press (for your chest), squats (legs), deadlift (legs and back), and shoulder press (shoulders and upper back). As you master these, or you start playing a sport that requires specific strengths, you can add more complex lifts.
It is unfortunate that as health food stores know that they are not supposed to sell certain supplements to minors, the habit still prevails. Research and investigation revealed that this unethical behavior prevails allover.
Many U.S. health food stores recommend the dietary supplement creatine to minors as an athletic performance enhancer, even though major medical societies discourage its use by kids under 18, a new study reports.
When a researcher posed as a 15-year-old football player hoping to bulk up, more than two-thirds of sales attendants at health food stores across the nation recommended creatine, according to the study findings.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Sports Medicine advise against use of creatine in people younger than 18, the researchers said in background notes.
Long-term use can damage the kidneys and liver, but it’s of particular concern for still-developing youngsters, said Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician with Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.
“It can affect the organ itself and the ability of the organ to handle toxins,” Glatter said. “If a child who’s developing starts to use these products, it can cause dysfunction and affect how the organs might work long-term.”
Creatine is bought in powder, liquid or pill form.
To see whether creatine is being recommended to youth despite these health concerns, Milanaik and her colleagues had a 19-year-old college student call 244 health food stores across the United States, posing as a 15-year-old football player.
The researcher told clerks he was looking to bulk up and gain strength for the upcoming football season. He asked what supplements would be best for him.
About 39 percent of the clerks recommended creatine without prompting, the study reports. Another 29 percent recommended creatine after the researcher asked about the supplement.