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Is it safe for a 12yo to start lifting weights?

Is it safe for a 12yo to start lifting weights?

Safer at age 14 yrs: Around high school age, kids have more maturity (better long-term planning and dedication) and more body image awareness. They also have more testosterone, so their muscles will grow stronger with exercise. Mild or moderate weights are fine, but heavy weights can be bad for their bone's growth plates. After they finish their height growth (at age 16-18 years), they can start using heavier weights. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Weight Training (Definition)

This is an exercise program focusing on strength training via use of resistance. The weights used can be barbells, dumb bells, track machines with ...Read more


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Are there any potential dangers of starting a 12 year old boy on light weight training if he is properly trained and instructed?

Are there any potential dangers of starting a 12 year old boy on light weight training if he is properly trained and instructed?

None, If...: Properly trained, instructed, and supervised; none. Unsupervised, max lifts, overuse; muscle/tendon injuries, slipped growth plates, damaged grwoth plates, etc. ...Read more

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What age would it be safe for me to start weight training?

What age would it be safe for me to start weight training?

Weight training: If you are 41 now it is safe. Get some guidance from a trainer before you start. ...Read more

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How does a 12 year old male lose weight fast and safe?

How does a 12 year old male lose weight fast and safe?

Fast is not safe: The best way to lose weight is to decrease the amount of calories that one takes in while increasing the body's use of calories by increasing exercise. There is no quick fix, one must be patient and committed in order to be successful and to hope to keep the weight off. ...Read more

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Hi there i wanted to know if its safe for my 12 year old son to be drinking coffee.

Hi there i wanted to know if its safe for my 12 year old son to be drinking coffee.

1 cup prob safe: People can have different sensitivities to caffeine. Too much can cause palpitatios hyperactivity, insomnia, nervousness, nausea, irritabilityYour son's brain and body are still developing. If the cup a day is not interfering with sleep it is probably safe. Most studies recommend about 100 milligram limit of caffeine. Remeber to look at other drinks that have caffeine like red bull, colas. ...Read more

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Is it safe for a 12 year old to be on anti-depressents?

Is it safe for a 12 year old to be on anti-depressents?

Every medication: Has potential side effects. It is important that the potential benefits outweigh the potential risks. But there are 12 years who may very much need antidepressants for anxiety disorders or depression. ...Read more

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What could you do if your 12-year-old daughter says she's pregnant? Is it even safe for her to give birth?

What could you do if your 12-year-old daughter says she's pregnant? Is it even safe for her to give birth?

Hard to say: The answer is best determined by an OB who does a complete evaluation of the kid. My first delivery in Med school was a 13 yo, and I have assisted with a 12 ( who got very sick with pre-eclamsia). ...Read more

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Are birth control pills safe for a 12 year old?

Are birth control pills safe for a 12 year old?

Yes if needed: There are young girls who benefit from birth control pills. This may be for bleeding abnormalities, painful cycles (endometriosis), or both. If taken properly, it should not be a problem & i prefer this to injectable progestins (dmpa, depo-provera) in young girls since they benefit from the estrogen. ...Read more

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Is lifting weights for older men safe and is it good for them?

Modest and: Progressive weight training for toning and not body building is just fine. The key is to start low and slowly build up to avoid tendon, muscle and joint trauma. Would elicit the advice of a trainer. Don't forget to incorporate aerobic exercise as well. ...Read more