The Value of Exercise Programs on Children’s Health

Just lately, researchers of Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry in England conducted an in-depth study on how exercise programs in kids benefit them to stay fit. The study lasted for a month and involved kids age 16 and below. Researchers have proven that exercise programs for children did not just work and did not help them to move more.

The recent study revealed that American students improved their overall daily physical activity by about five minutes for each day but only in the first few weeks of the program. At the end of the program, their overall regular physical activity had resumed to about where it had been before the program started.

The same goes for Scottish participants who became less physically active on the days when they have half-hour play periods. The children run around throughout the breaks, and then remain stubbornly inactive through the rest of the day.

The researchers collected data from 30 studies related to exercise interventions in children that had been issued worldwide from January 1990 to March 2012. Dr. Brad Metcalf, a statistician and one of the research authors, said that it is possible for kids to simply allot time running around and not minding the additional benefits of the program.

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