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If You Want Your Kids to be More Active, Play With Them

If You Want Your Kids to be More Active, Play With Them

The study, by Mallory Kobak of the University of Akron along with colleagues at Kent State and Hiram College, explores the role of playing with a friend or parent on the relationship between perceived effort and heart rate in children. Preliminary results were presented at the American College of Sports Medicine conference earlier this month. RELATED: Fit Kids are Better Learners The researchers asked 20 children with an average age of 8 to play for 30 minutes in an outdoor playground that had the usual slides and tubes as well as a craft table set up for sedentary activity. The children played three times: once alone, once with a friend, and once with a parent. Their average heart rate was measured, and their self-reported sense of effort was recorded. In theory, you’d expect that the play sessions where the children produced the highest average heart rates would also be ...

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