25 Mar '13, 8pm

Parents: Reasons to Keep Kids Active

Kids who play soccer, swing on the monkey bars or get other forms of exercise not only lower their risk of childhood obesity, have improved concentration and sleep better, they’re more likely to be healthy adults, two new studies show. One study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine , analyzed data from the existing Danish European Youth Heart Study, which examined health indicators in 332 boys and girls over a 12-year period. The kids performed back extensions and crunches; their cardiovascular fitness was tested using a bicycle ergometer test; and cardiovascular risk factors including blood pressure, weight and cholesterol were measured. The researchers found that youth with greater muscle strength were less likely to develop risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease as young adults, regardless of their weight. The second study looked at the bene...

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