Fitness

Q&A on fitness

Does weight-lifting stunt height and stop growth?

There is no correlation between weight-training and stunting. If weight-training were to cause it, then children carrying their school bags should have been impacted because of this! Growth is dependent on growth hormones and the parents’ genes (the blueprint, in a sense). Expect girls to reach maximum height by 16-17 years and boys by 19-20 years. An optimal amount of weight-training and other exercise, in fact, assists children to grow to their optimal height. Remember, weight-training is different from weight-lifting. The former is a method of using resistance to improve muscular strength, used by athletes. So body-weight exercises (such as a pushup or pullup) would qualify. Weight-lifting is about using load and is performed by sportspeople. You can start a child on weight-training at about 10 or 11 years and increase the duration gradually after 15 years. Usually, any child who plays some form of organised sport will be exposed to weight-training.

Can I gain muscle by doing only pushups?

A pushup is an optimal exercise for only upper-body development, for muscles around the chest, the deltoid (around the shoulder), pectorals major (chest), triceps (back-arm muscles). But it can’t be the only exercise performed. Everyone must also develop the core and lower-body strength, and these cannot be achieved through only the pushup.

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