I know lifting weights boosts metabolism, but since my body is
still developing, will it prevent my bones from fully growing?
Many misconceptions surround strength training. Done properly,
strength training is an important component of any exercise program
at any age, along with cardio and flexibility exercises. Before
beginning a formal strength-training regimen, consult your doctor
to get the go-ahead.
Kids and teens who are still growing should avoid heavy weights
and power-lifting, and should be supervised, especially when
starting out. In a supervised program, the trainer will teach
proper technique and safety, and will know when you're ready to
progress to a heavier weight.
But you don't have to pump weights at the gym to benefit
from strength training. You can use light hand weights, exercise
bands, or even your own body weight to strengthen and tone muscles.
Also, warm up before and cool down after every workout to avoid
For more information, check out these articles:
Why Exercise Is Wise
Bones, Muscles, and Joints
Sports and Exercise Safety
Mary L. Gavin, MD
Date reviewed: July 2007
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