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An Hour Of Exercise Benefits Kids: Heart Health Improves Even In Sedentary Children
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An Hour Of Exercise Benefits Kids: Heart Health Improves Even In Sedentary Children

An English research study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reveals the benefit of even minimal exercise on kids and teens who are at risk for or are currently listed as obese. That study found that increasing exercise that rated moderate to vigorous on a daily basis left the kids with a number of health benefits including improved cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure and weight, allowing for an improvement of their health.

Research author and study designer, Ulf Ekelund, the group leader for the Physical Activity Epidemiology Program at the Institute of Metabolic Sciences at Cambridge University, revealed that the type of activity that the kids engaged in did not matter at all, nor did it matter if they did it indoors or outdoors. In addition to encouraging at least an hour of exercise, parents were also prompted to limit their TV times. TV tended to encourage snacking time which led to increased calories.

The study used information from fourteen studies involving a total of over 20,000 kids from the ages of four to eighteen in an international database. Movement was determined via the use of a motion sensor and looked at total activity vs. the time that the kids spent inactive. Nearly seventy five percent of the kids were described as normal weight while 18% were overweight and 7% were obese by medical standards. The kids were most likely to get at least thirty minutes of activity each day while they spent nearly six full hours doing minimal activity, giving them 354 minutes of sedentary activity.

According to the researchers, the kids who got more than thirty five minutes of at least moderate activity every day were thinner than those who exercised nearly half as much. They had an average waist circumference that was two inches smaller than the non-exercisers. In addition, these kids had lower blood pressure, better cholesterol levels, lower blood sugar levels and better health than the non-exercisers.

In addition, the kids who were defined as having the largest waist sizes and higher weights at the start of this research study were the most likely to be the least active at the two year follow up mark. Getting the kids started in activity early in life appeared to determine how active they would be later in their childhood and into their adult years. Group activity seemed to help some children while others were fine doing their own, independent exercises. While some kids do get exercise while in school during recess and other physical education, not all of them get this time for exercise.


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