Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Central Florida
If they are having fun and doing it because they want to.... I don't see an issue. It's great that they are learning to ENJOY being active and outside... not in front of a TV or computer. However, I would also be concerned with what the post below mine states. There IS too much of a good thing some times.
Growing up, I was extremely active. I was big into training my dogs and horses. I showed horses competitively and spent most of my free time working in the barn or riding. I was also in roller hockey, soccer, swim team, and at 13 I started SCUBA diving. On the side I was also very close to my brothers and would join them on the 4 wheelers, hiking, camping, target shooting, fishing/boating, climbing trees... etc. etc. etc. I was VERY active. As a child I barely watched TV and the only computer we had (until I was 12) was an old DOS computer that was my father's work computer. I was outside from dawn til dusk. School, homework, dinner, and sleep were just about the only things that brought me indoors.
However, I'm paying for it now.
At almost 24, my knees are bad (especially my right knee), my lower back gives me a lot of problems, and I find myself in a lot of pain.
Some of the other people I grew up with and did all these sports with also have problems. A few of my old riding buddies have had knee replacement surgeries, hip surgeries, and some had to have procedures done on their back.
As long as it's allowing the kids bones grow properly and leaving them with a healthy body.... then go for it! I would just be a bit concerned with the stress on their bodies if they over do it. I look at it the same way as say our horses and dogs..... I wont jump a horse under 3yrs, and I wont over work/stress a dog under 1-2yrs. The plates need to close and the bones need to harden more.
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