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Can my child use a treadmill for exercise?

Tuesday, 05 February 2008
Answered by: Ms. Neeta Garg
Fitness expert and Psychologist
Apollo Clinic
Gurgaon
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Q. Can a child in the age group 7-10 years use a treadmill for exercise?

A.  If there is absolutely no other option, then there is no real threat for a child of this age to use a treadmill, provided it is done under supervision, throughout the time the child is on it. However, I have my reservations on the same. It is a time in the life of a child to play outdoors and indulge in activities that he/she enjoys. The treadmill may not reach that standard for a child. Therefore, use your imagination and help build activities for your child. Let them do what they should be doing at this precious time of his life. These times never come back!

A.  If there is absolutely no other option, then there is no real threat for a child of this age to use a treadmill, provided it is done under supervision, throughout the time the child is on it. However, I have my reservations on the same. It is a time in the life of a child to play outdoors and indulge in activities that he/she enjoys. The treadmill may not reach that standard for a child. Therefore, use your imagination and help build activities for your child. Let them do what they should be doing at this precious time of his life. These times never come back!

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