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how many day a week should a children workout?

I have an 8 year boy. who is normal weight and height . but is lazy. I think 5 days week and two 50 min classes a each time.

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"Work out"??? as in .. go to the gym and work out? .. an 8 year old???

Pffftt .. What in the world ever happened to PLAY ??? Kids that age should be riding bicycles, climbing trees or playing on jungle gym, running, jumping, playing tag, building forts, catching frogs, playing sports .. the list is endless.

... BEFORE BREAKFAST! .. and THEN start an activity filled day.

WTF is happening to our youth????

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My sentiments exactly bikergirl40!
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I should have added that the class are for children ( wrestling, boxing, MMA). and he plays sport all year except summer.
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Good grief .. when I was a kid .. I got up in the morning at a dead run ... my mom had to constantly step on my pant leg to keep me sitting long enough to eat a meal. Kids should be chock full of energy .. and play should come easily. My kids were the same way .. soccer practice/games, hockey practice/games, dust NEVER collected on their bikes, there was always a rickety old fort in my back yard, (with fencing to boot) .. they were always on the go .. anywhere their innocent child imagination would take them.

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Misty - go jiu jitsu. It's a good mental AND physical workout, without the punches and kicks to cause bruises and cuts. Teaches great discipline, problem solving, and your son is a great age to start.
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Ahhh ... Misty .. well then, that is not exactly 'working out'... in the traditional sense .. those are sports .. Big difference.

In that case .. topped with all the other activities he should be involved in .. 5 days a week for 2 hours a day is pretty extreme for an 8 year old. That would take total dedication, and a little over the top for such a young child. I would be worried that he would 'burn out' and lose interest .. I know I would.

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With a schedule like that .. When would he have time to just be a kid?
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indeed why most of us here recomended 2 to 3 days
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and wait if he does all that maybe he isnt lazy just tired.
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I think you should start him out at a reasonable time and frequency. Try something like 2-3 times a week, 30 minutes at a time, but also make sure you tell him to do some chores.

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an excellent answer
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every time after school.. ask him to go outside and play .
he's to young for gym-ing

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I should have added that the class are for children ( wrestling, boxing, MMA). and he plays sport all year except summer.
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That sounds miserable, and unhealthy for your child. I would say 2-3 times a week and one 50 minute class TOPS.

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once agin an excellent answer
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again* o.o
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Yes, if you're not following Jackie, you should be. She gives a lot of good answers.
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Haha thank you... sir? I'm assuming you are a boy.
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I should have added that the class are for children ( wrestling, boxing, MMA). and he plays sport all year except summer.
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Perhaps you should let him relax in the summer time then...
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yes im male jackie_san XD
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excercise is great even for young children but since there are 7 days in a week i would do a 3 day a week program every other day with different activities you think would benefit him

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1.Put him onto a sports team.
2.Try to make sure he does at least 1 hour of physical activity a day.
3.Play outside with him like throw a ball or something that's what I do with my dad.
4.Find something he loves to do and then do lots of it.
5.Go on runs with him.
If you do any of these I think you will be fine.
Hope this helped

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I should have added that the class are for children ( wrestling, boxing, MMA). and he plays sport all year except summer.
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Oh then I would definitely do wrestling thats what i did and I love it. Don't do boxing unless he is unreal at it because of head injuries will lead to alztimers. MMA is fine tho. I wish I did MMA.
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As much as he or she wants I guess

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Why would you make an 8-year-old work out in a gym? Get him involved in outdoor physical activities instead. And you could set a great example by also participating. Do family things. My family rode our bikes to the library every Saturday. When I was little, I was in dance. When I got older, it was horseback riding. Go to the park. Get his dad to play football or catch with him. Take him on hikes. Go camping.

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I should have added that the class are for children ( wrestling, boxing, MMA). and he plays sport all year except summer.
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Caught that ;) I'd say jiu jitsu, three times a week for whatever the classes run (half hour, an hour.) Meanwhile during work hours, sign him up for day camp.
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