Childhood Diseases

Posted by: MGM | 2012/10/28


How much exercise for an 8 year old girl?

Good evening Dr
My 8 year old daughter is extremely active and we are sometimes concerned she is exercising to much.
Throughout the year she qualified for each and every sports team at school I.e. netball, hockey, swim, athletics. Then se also takes dance classes and extra athletics the whole year long. She exercises about 2-3 hours Monday to Thursday daily and one hour on Saturday. This is formal practice, not even play time when she is also very active.
At night she goes to bed at 7:30 to 8 very tired just to start again the next day. We cancelled her formal swimming at one stage as the was just not time and she was very upset as she seems to enjoy all she is doing very much.

Is this to much for her age? We focus on healhy eating, but she tends to eat very little since birth even though healthy. Try to supplement her diet three times a week with some Nutren or Pediasure depending on what I bought.

What should we look it for as signs that this is too much?

Thank you!

Expert's Reply



Your daughter appears to enjoy her sporting activities very much. She also seems to be very determined to succeed which is the mark of a future champion.Swimming is particularly good and healthy for her and this sport exercises muscles and her breathing that other sports do not.She seems to be coping well.She sleeps well too which is good. In spite of her small appetite she is very healthy.She will tell you when she does not want to do a particular sport. The fact that she still has time to play at home is good and this is very important for her health as well.The only question is whether she needs to do the extra athletics as well as she has enough on her plate at this stage. This could be cut down if you are looking to reduce her exercise load.

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