Children appreciate good health and want to learn how to maintain good health and develop strong muscles. They naturally want to play hard and can work to channel energy to bodybuilding safely with these simple tips.
If at all possible, it is to the benefit of the entire family if the parents of children interested in bodybuilding build an at home gym. The image of the perfect gym may come to mind – and some people do have the funds to build complex weight rooms and exercise stations in their basements or additions to their homes. But most people are only able to dedicate a few feet in their home to an at home gym. And believe it or not, this is all that may be needed.
The entire family can get in on deciding which equipment needs to be in the home gym. The available space needs to be considered first, and everyone should agree where the home gym will be located in the home. For example, one family converted an underused dining room to a home gym by replacing carpeting with a rubberized mat, adding stationary weight training machines, and putting up a mirror on one wall. The dining room was never missed, since the family did not enjoy using it for formal dining (even at Thanksgiving dinner). The family members enjoy using the new home gym together and found it was well worth the nominal investment to put it together in their home.
Sometimes, when people begin to train for bodybuilding types of sports, they become obsessed with their workout and their progress to “bulk up.” Allow the children in the family to discuss their intentions for wanting to bodybuild and offer healthy suggestions for reaching their goals. For example, if a girl is interested in bodybuilding, it is important for the parents to ask the daughter the intentions, her ideas and perceptions regarding her body and to consider making yearly and other goals. When children are exposed to many media images regarding bodybuilding, their expectations may be unrealistic. As with any sport, they are better off easing into bodybuilding, then trying to rush and risk being injured as a result. If a child is becoming obsessed with working out or bodybuilding, it is necessary to discuss the person’s self-image. If he parents are not interested in bodybuilding themselves, they still need to keep themselves in formed as to what the child is doing in the home gym to avoid unnecessary strains, sprains and other injuries.
If the parents are in the habit of eating healthy foods, exercising regularly each week and lowering stress at all levels, the children will learn to increase their quality of life by emulating their parent’s lifestyle. It is important also that the parents do not push the child to working out more or that the parents are making the experience a competition within the family or a stressful event.
Children who work out weekly with their parents may develop a closer bond to their families in the end. These children may be less likely to engage in risky behaviors as a result. Also, bodybuilding is a great deterrent for a child who may otherwise be susceptible to common bulling, taunting or name calling from other children. Allow children to make decisions regarding the home gym to allow them to buy into the idea of safely bodybuilding at home.