Children Lack Fitness Opportunities: Impacts Their Overall Health
Over the last 30 years, children’s fitness levels worldwide have declined! A study led by Dr Grant Tomlinson, an exercise physiologist at the University of South Australia, has found that children today are around 15% less fit than their parents were.
And this makes sense.
“We have kids that are less active than ever before,” suggests Dr Stephen Daniels, a University of Colorado pediatrician and spokesman for the Heart Association.
“Kids aren’t getting enough opportunities to build up that activity over the course of the day,” Daniels explained. “Many schools, for economic reasons, don’t have any physical education at all. Some rely on recess to provide exercise.”
The study, looked at 50 studies from 1964 to 2010, involving 25 million children, aged 9 to 17, living in 28 countries. The studies measured how far children could run in 5 to 15 minutes and how quickly they ran a certain distance, ranging from half a mile to two miles.
World Health Organization numbers suggest that 80% of young people globally may not be getting enough exercise.
It’s time to switch off those televisions and computers, and get our kids outside and active.
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