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In the Forum - Exercise for a 13-Year-Old

By August 24, 2004

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One forum member wants to know how to get her young daughter to exercise. She asks: "I wondered if [Winsor Pilates] might help my 13 year old daughter. She seems to be interested in exercise but she doesn't want to do the things that I do." What do you think? Should teenagers do Pilates? Would a young person even enjoy it? Come join the discussion and tell us what you think.

December 31, 2006 at 10:04 am
(1) kk says:

well im 12 and one thing i do to exercise is running around the neighbrohood. also sports work too!

March 2, 2007 at 10:32 pm
(2) cc says:

am i fat if im 12 and weigh 140 pounds?

April 9, 2007 at 2:35 am
(3) Alexander says:

I am 13 and I go to swimming classes 3 times a week. You should visit the YMCA and see what she likes.

April 23, 2007 at 2:23 pm
(4) x.x says:

Heyy i am 13 and i do dance twice a week and rounders and a little bit of running but thats only in pe i am trying to find a sport that has alot of exercise involved but something that i will enjoy at the same time any ideas? .x

July 7, 2007 at 4:40 pm
(5) rheana says:

try running around your house or jog in place it’s effective…

July 17, 2007 at 1:30 pm
(6) bob says:

try tenis. itis reat for u and u can enjoy it too!

August 22, 2007 at 10:49 pm
(7) Jesse says:

Im 13 and I am a boxer.I go to the gym 4 times a week. We are training for the junior olympics and it keeps me in good shape. But I work on stomach muscle a lot and do it every day and i see no improvements. What do I do?

August 23, 2007 at 7:48 pm
(8) alex says:

im 13 and i run 30 minutes a day on a treadmill i also play basketball alot
i think all this really helps

September 30, 2007 at 8:37 pm
(9) Chickie 1510 says:

I’m thirteen and I weigh 120 Am I Fat? If so what can I do that will get me abs without special equipment is 30 situps a day good? For how long should I do them untill I get abs?

October 8, 2007 at 11:41 am
(10) solja boy says:

hey im 13 and about 130lbs….i really want abs bc i have been called fat to many times in 1 year

October 16, 2007 at 8:52 pm
(11) Danny Boy says:

hey im 13 and i do crawl-ups(i think there called that) There when you do 1 push up, stand up, then 2 push ups, stand ups, then 3, stand up, and so on until you get to 10. It really helps with your abs and arm muscles!

October 30, 2007 at 5:13 pm
(12) Sexy Chick says:

hey, I’m 13 and I love pilates to death! I never would have thought that you can get a great workout from exercises that look super duper easy. And it’s also fun too. I think everyone should try it!

November 14, 2007 at 6:08 am
(13) Glilusionolve says:

I’ve just registered at the forum. This is my first message.
Please don’t become angry about me.
Thank you.

November 14, 2007 at 10:43 pm
(14) LaxChick says:

im 13 i weigh about 91 lbs.. i play lacrosse i do alot of running and PE at school…. i go to the gym like 4 times a week…

November 22, 2007 at 8:07 pm
(15) jeri says:

hi mii name is jeri and im 13 and i play alot of bball and run ever gay i think it is god to play bball

March 2, 2008 at 1:47 pm
(16) lisach85 says:

my daugter is 13 and she is very pitte she is “4,10″ and about 80 pounds i know that might seem like tiny!! but she is always concious of her extra meat around her mid section and she wont wear bikinis because she has that baby fat left she has dieted and worked out but never consistant? what should my daughter do?

June 7, 2008 at 11:52 pm
(17) hanna says:

i am 13 and am very consered about my weight. i am about 5 ft 1 in and weigh aroud 94 lbs. i have huge hips and hae to wear shorts or bathing suits because of that and because i have really musclular. legs i dont like my body

July 11, 2008 at 12:20 pm
(18) Rachel says:

I’m Rachel and 13 years old. I don’t mean this as an offense but most kids my age like different workouts than their moms. But my mom and I do exercise together sometimes. I live in Florida and with the hot weather year round, I like the gym a lot. Most gyms offer discounts to teens. Take some classes with her like a dance work-out and yoga! But if you’d rather not spend money, a nice morning jog around the neighborhood can get your heart rate up and gives you more energy for the rest of the day. And if you don’t have a pool, go to the local one and bring some of her friends along! That’s a great way to stay cool, have fun, and swim (great form of exercise!). Also, does she have an iPod or MP3 player? If so, give her about $25 to spend on music for it. I love listening to the current songs on the radio (4 minutes, pocket full of sunshine, apologize, i kissed a girl) while I work out. It actually motivates me! Good luck!

July 22, 2008 at 6:35 pm
(19) s.p says:

I am 13…and i play volleyball,track,and softball.When do tons of conditioning and I rarley see any results in my stomach area

July 26, 2008 at 2:20 pm
(20) Cheerleader_chick says:

my name is katie i am 115 pounds and 13 is that fat cause i hate my legs

August 1, 2008 at 2:58 am
(21) Folt59 says:

I am 13 i think ive lost weight. what exercises should i do? i used to weigh 185 when i was 12.

August 11, 2008 at 3:01 pm
(22) cutayy says:

im 13, 92 pounds and i do swimming 4-5 times a week. i also do track in the fall and spring, tennis in the summer, and skiing in the winter. have your daughter do a sport she enjoys, and find a coach. i realized its hard to force myself to excersize, and i work better with my coach, since i listen when they tell me to do something, even when its hard!

September 20, 2008 at 9:40 am
(23) Albert says:

I’m 13 and i workout 6 times a day from 4:30 pm-6pm on week days after school and from 2pm-5pm. I’m a swimmer; i swim 1,775 yards [1 mile/1.6 kilometers] on weekdays and i swim about 2,500 yards [1.42 miles] on weekends. If the pool is closed or i don’t feel like swimming, i go to the gym and i begin gym weight room. I start out with stretching, then i go on the cycling bike for 30 mins; my daily cycling goal is to cycle at 3 mins per mile and 10 miles in 30 mins or less,[a great leg workout!]. Then i do around 50 crunches and then 5 pull ups. then i work on back and ab muscles. i dont 30 leg lifts and build on my quads. then i do 50 pushups with a 30 sec break between a set of 10. i then do 10 more pullups and 30 squats. i finish my workout by running a mile.

September 28, 2008 at 6:01 pm
(24) Kayla2fat says:

Ok so im 13 n i weigh about 176 i think i’m really over weight but my parents don’t let me go on diets so i am trying to get some suggestions on what i could do around the house i try to try out for things at my school but my asthma messes that up for me sometimes So could anyone help me with this =.]

October 9, 2008 at 8:08 pm
(25) (0.0) says:

im 13 and weigh 165 im not relly fat. well i lift weight. i do like 110-165 pounds and i run im not sure how much i should do tho but i almost hav an abs lol

October 24, 2008 at 7:28 pm
(26) Anonymous says:

For #9 or Chickie,

No you are not fat and it depends how tall you are too. If you think your fat and you wanna get some abs, your gonna have to do about 150 sit ups a day, but take a break in between when you need to. If you can keep it up for a long time every day you might get some visible abs around 6 months or 1 year tops.

December 1, 2008 at 11:51 pm
(27) jimmy says:

mostly when probloms like this occur its best not to force her to do these things but what you should do is tell her just to get up and run to the end of the block or even just get up get dressed for work and just go to the mailbox just to get her used to this.then she will probably start running on her own i had problams with this with my kid

December 5, 2008 at 12:32 am
(28) ... says:

i am 13 and have been taking pilates since i was 10 it is fun!

January 27, 2009 at 10:23 am
(29) zoe says:

im 13 years old. i play soccer year round and 5 or 6 days a week i do my own little program… alls you need is 2 5lb weights…
20 supermans(with weights)x3
reverse crunches x3
20 bench presses (with weights) x3
20 squats x3
20 side arm lifts (with weights)x3
20 crunches x3
20 push ups x3
crawl ups until i reach 10
20 lunges x3
20 leg lifts x3
then i run a mile and lift weights

February 28, 2009 at 4:24 pm
(30) bianca says:

for # 24 or Kayla,
gurl i know wut yur going thruogh. iv been overwieht since i could remeber and im 16 and way 160. im still somewut overwiehgt but u dont have to go on a diet. wut helped me was cutting back (or smaller proportion) on wut i ate but still eating th same things. you can also take maybe a 1/2 and hour to an hour walk around your neighborhood with a friend or a family member. i dont have asma but ive moved so much thruogh out my life that one time i went to school for only a week so i can never sighn up fur a sport cuz i never know if im gonna be able to do it.=)=)

May 25, 2009 at 8:17 pm
(31) Help! says:

I am 12 years old and I way 151. I need help with my weight. I know that it’s over weight. Please help. Thats all I ask for! I play basketball and softball, I have 3 brothers so I am always running around with them. I am SUPER active but I just need help with my eating and extra excersize!

May 31, 2009 at 3:53 pm
(32) faye-bbz says:

hiaaa am 13 a hardly do exercise am eating to much sweets and a need help to keep fit and eat healthy:)

June 26, 2009 at 3:52 pm
(33) m says:

hey u shold try out vollyball or soccer or other sports and i am 13 years old and i weigh 150 and i like to jump rope to

October 6, 2009 at 11:49 pm
(34) D4rksh0t90 says:

I am 13 and I own a total gym and a weightset, so its a little different for me. starting off i do crunches, situps, crunches, dips, pushups, and pullups, I do around 150 each, then i work on legs, shoulders, biceps, triceps, and petty much anything in the book i am interested in. then i finish with some curls but remember, when it comes to weights, always go at your own pace. I curl 20 pounds, but i have prior training I started at 5 pounds and worked my way up so never try and lift too much

October 25, 2009 at 1:41 pm
(35) yas says:

m 13 years old, I’ve looked in magazines, how to get a flat stomach i wanna start the exersises but i can’t i forget, i am not so fat , but i really need a flat stomach i know i am just too small to think about these things, but i just want to be like the women in the magazines their bodies are amazing. i mean who doesn’t wish to have a flat stomach !
that’s my dream !

November 4, 2009 at 2:54 pm
(36) Bartez says:

I agree with this material. Good tips. I just want to add some tips from me, very basic. I think that the biggest problem with getting flat stomach is that people often do not continue doing exercises or keeping diet. It is very much in our brain. We would like to have it flat but it is hard to sacrifice for it. And even if one get it then often do not maintain it so after couple of months everything is as before.

January 7, 2010 at 6:21 pm
(37) Lulu says:

Hi, Im Lulu,
I live in Jersey In the Channel Islands. Not
New Jersey. Im 5.25 feet and i weight 89lbs but my BMI
is 16.2 apparently under weight??? Though recently with all the snow we have been of school for 5 days i know cool. cause we hardly ever get snow over here whoo. im
also starting to get abs. But im confused why is my BMI
under weight???

January 8, 2010 at 8:53 am
(38) niki says:

well im 13 soon 14 and ive been hitting the wii ALOT i makes a huge diff and for anyone that does situps STOP jackknives TWICE as more effective

i do a hour every day or more when ever i feel its enough i do 100 jackknives and wall pushups about 50 pressups and sidestands everything that targets abs tummy biceps and triceps and also waitsline wii realy does alot bettter than a gym believe me

February 28, 2010 at 3:21 pm
(39) Reply to cc says:

Hey cc its a bit over weight but not by much… im 12 and im 150 :(

March 25, 2010 at 12:49 pm
(40) gugbresssparo says:

This is my first time posting so I wanted to take a moment and say hello to everyone!

April 28, 2010 at 8:00 pm
(41) joy. says:

Hey, I’m 13 and 5’5. I weigh around 107 lbs. I think exercising should be fun to your teens. If they don’t find running, pilates, or even going to the gym appealing, then find some sports that they will enjoy while they are exercising. This way, your kids won’t feel like exercising is a burden or something. They will have fun and enjoy it! That’s the easiest way to get results. Also, remind them to eat a healthy diet and encourage them.

June 29, 2010 at 4:15 am
(42) anthony says:

im 13 i do 10 lbs 30 times each hand run alot 30 pushups , 30 sit ups and 10 pull ups everyday

August 15, 2010 at 5:20 am
(43) Paloma(: says:

Well I just currently turned 13 & i weigh about 138 pounds… Yeah I kno I’m fat but i dnt know what to do! I hav swimming classes twice a week but I don’t see any difference I try not to eat out alot & it’s been working.. Everybody in my family is skinny & I’m tired of being the fat one! I can’t go outside & run around the neighborhood because my mom doesn’t let me leave the house… I need HELP!

August 25, 2010 at 6:58 pm
(44) Daniel says:

I’m 12 turning 13 soon, I weight 45- 50 kg, depending on when I check, I like the way I look, but I want to lose my fairly fat belly and Thigh Fat. I can do a maximum of 30 push ups in one go, but I’m not sure if it’s working. Any suggestions?

January 11, 2011 at 8:44 pm
(45) Maria says:

I’m 13 and I love working out…. It’s fun!

March 14, 2011 at 1:32 pm
(46) coolnest says:

i am 12 and i do 53 situps 42 pushups and run around a block 4 times. that work out will get you in shape really fast and rase your estamana i have quit large arms and a 6 pack also large lats so i highly recommend this exercise.

April 12, 2011 at 7:51 pm
(47) helperr says:

To CC:
it depend how tall you are.
check out this link to see!


May 1, 2011 at 11:08 am
(48) meggos says:

hey! im 13 , 5ft.1ish and weigh 120. i joined a gym with my mom and do classes/weights and stuff like that. i never considered myself ‘fat’ but recently people younger than me have been telling people that i’ve gained lots of weight, but i havent!! anyways, i enjoy doing zumba, its really fun. however, i really want to have a flat stomach! i want to be able to wear tank tops and bikinis and tshirts all through the summer! i would LOVE to have abs , but i just want to be able to feel myself again, i had a 6 pack when i was 6, from doing gymnastics 4 nights a week. i want to be able to feel athletic and proud of my body. help? :/

May 7, 2011 at 2:01 pm
(49) Calli says:

Im 13, my names Calli and i run on a treadmill for 30 minutes 5 days a week and i ride an exericse bike 4 days a week for 45 minutes. im 5’5 and weigh 130lbs but i look alot thinner because all i am is muscle. a good/ hard/ fun way to get in shape is P90X, i did the lean and classic versions and lost a bunch of weight/ inches and followed the nutrition plan(:

June 11, 2011 at 8:03 pm
(50) elisabeth says:

i’m 13
i was 123 pounds when i was 11 and i wanted to be smaller so i jogged for 15 min. a day and gradually increased it to 35 min. i all so did a workout for my abs. try yoga it helped with calming me down after a workout and after a fight with my brother! haha i still do the same workout and now i weigh 83 pounds i all so have been doing gymnactics for a few months and being light and strong helps trust me!!!

June 11, 2011 at 8:04 pm
(51) elisabeth says:

i’m 13
i was 123 pounds when i was 11 and i wanted to be smaller so i jogged for 15 min. a day and gradually increased it to 35 min. i all so did a workout for my abs. try yoga it helped with calming me down after a workout and after a fight with my brother! haha i still do the same workout and now i weigh 83 pounds i all so have been doing gymnactics for a few months and being light and strong helps trust me!!!

June 24, 2011 at 6:29 pm
(52) nick says:

I am 13 and i run. Bench 50 pounds and curl 10 pounds and do sit ups and leg lifts each day. I push myself a lot.

July 1, 2011 at 12:55 am
(53) leah says:

hey im 13 and im bout to go to 7th grade and i wight at least around 178-180,idk but i dont now how to lose wight and my mom dont help me i dont really look lik those really fat girls no afance to them im just think but i dont lik to be

July 6, 2011 at 12:39 pm
(54) Katherine says:

Hi. Im Katherine. The only sports I do are during pe and although I want to do sports, my mom won’t let me for some reason.bCan you help me find another way exercising without leaving home? I am getting fatter and fatter and my mom blames me for it! I eat very healthy foods and the right amount. It’s not my fault that she doesn’t let me do spots.:( HELP!!

July 12, 2011 at 6:14 pm
(55) sarah says:

13 years old, and i know im a 5ft something and 115lbs and i dont think thats over weight but i need to exercise and i have by using weights and doing sit ups and running and thats it but it sort of feels like i should be doing more if any body could give me advice that would be great

November 2, 2011 at 8:04 pm
(56) Tyler says:

hey im a 13 year old boy 5ft 7in. and wiegh 115 pounds and i have a gut and i have had a 6 pack before then i started playing video games again and i gained A-LOT OF POUNDS!!!!and i forgot my rountine so could anybody just anybody help me get abs, arms and really big calves plz!!!! HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

November 24, 2011 at 4:37 am
(57) 64crimes says:

im 13, i was a fat kidddd when i waz 11, but i do 100 pushups 300 crunches and i fight people throughout the day. it only takes confidence. think you can and you will. start off with cardio, jog about half a mile a day for a week and build it

January 6, 2012 at 6:37 pm
(58) mallory says:

i am 13 and i cheer at the most 17 hours a week but sometimes less or more. I exercise constantly I do everything to stay fit and healthy. Also i used to do competition gymnastics which took working out to a knew extreme for me when i was in fourth grade so i always knew what to do to stay fit and healthy!!!!

January 8, 2012 at 9:32 pm
(59) Roxy says:

I’m 11 years old and 170 pounds and I really wanna lose the weight Fast! I usually skateboard run track plays sports and dance on a daily basis why am I not losing weight?

March 13, 2012 at 7:56 pm
(60) daniel says:

im 13 and i lift at my high school for football track and basketball.. but i was wondering if squatting 165 is too much bc everybody says soo.

March 16, 2012 at 11:06 am
(61) Dorothy says:

I am 13 and have enjoyed doing Pilates. Its a good workout and if you push yourself you will feel proud. Let her try it.

June 5, 2012 at 4:48 am
(62) 13 year old girl says:

Well I am 13 and I have put on weight since I moved and my ex-boyfriend is coming to visit so I want to lose weight fast but what do I do?? I NEED HELP

September 9, 2012 at 6:45 pm
(63) Madison T. says:

I am 13 and i have a boyfriend. I wear shirts that show off my stomach . But I have gained weight WHAT DO I DO HEEEELLLLPPPP!!!!!!

November 22, 2012 at 1:10 am
(64) Micah says:

Well I’m 13 and if ur daughter wants to loose weight here’s something that will really work wake up in 6:00 am no foods after 7 play with her have a family bonding like swimming, running,or anything that can make her sweat

October 17, 2013 at 1:43 am
(65) lex says:

Hi, I’m Lexie. I have gym 5 times a week 45 min every day exept Tuesday 4 my good behavior I get an hour and 15 min one great exercise for your gut is to do sit UPS meaning hands stay behind your ears is say 20 as u get more advance but start out with less like 7 then 9 then add one till u get to 20 (personally I’m at 52 in to min) then lay on your back spread out your arms and push up your legs to around your rib area legs and knees toghether for it lower belly then stay in the say place but put your feet to the ground and knees level and bend side to side and the space between you thumb and pointer rigged your heal do this back and forth like 40 times 20 right 20 left

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