29 Jun '13, 9pm

Study finds that Kenyan youth are "ridiculously active":

Study finds that Kenyan youth are "ridiculously active":

Do active kids become fast-running adults? The question has long been a part of the conversation on East Africa’s dominance in distance running. A new study in the journal Plos One set out to learn just how active children in a rural Kenyan village really are. The results: These kids are crazy fit. A team of researchers that included the well-known Harvard evolutionary biologist Daniel Lieberman observed 30 boys and girls in Nandi, a district in Kenyan’s Rift Valley responsible for producing many elite runners. They recorded the number of minutes over a 14-hour day the children were sedentary and active, and how far they walked to and from school. The kids, who ranged in age from 10 to 16, also took a battery of fitness tests. On average, the rural youth spent 2 hours and 40 minutes doing moderate to vigorous physical activity each day. Surprisingly, the amount is a little...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/fun/kenyan-youth-are-ridiculo...

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