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Dear Dr. Aaron,

We have a very traditional family with traditional family values. My Oldest son is 15 and has aspirations of becoming an astronaut. I want to support his dream, but he struggles with his weight. Astronauts I see pictures of are thin and in shape. He is working hard to get in shape and shed some pounds, but I fear he is overtraining and he started complaining about his back and knees hurting. What can we do to help him, the last thing I want to do is crush his dream?

Thank You,

Astronaut mom to be

Dear Astromom,

Astronautical aspirations are to be admired and supported! I get many questions about youth fitness and in some of my recent posts I address overtraining and stretching in depth. Of course, a good physical assessment and maintenance are important, but also the support system at home. It appears you are doing everything right! Good job! The mental toughness required of astronauts is learned at early age. Mental fitness is as important as physical fitness. I have not ruled out a trip to the moon myself! Elon if you are reading this…. Hit me up!!!

I look forward to meeting your son in person!

Always here for you,

Dr. Aaron

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