Most specialists consider that bodily exercise declines as kids attain adolescence, however a brand new examine has discovered that the decline begins as early as age 6.
Researchers measured bodily exercise at ages 6, eight and 11 in 600 European kids carrying arm band exercise trackers. After adjusting for physique mass index, the scientists discovered that common time spent in bodily exercise declined by about 75 minutes a day by the point the youngsters have been 11. Mild bodily exercise declined by 45 minutes a day, and average to vigorous exercise, which remained regular till age eight, declined a mean of 31 minutes a day by age 11.
The examine, in Pediatrics, discovered that at age 11, the youngsters have been spending a mean of just about two extra hours a day in sedentary habits — basically, sitting nonetheless — than they have been at 6. Solely 63 p.c of 11-year-olds have been getting the beneficial 60 minutes a day of average to vigorous train, in contrast with 82 p.c of 6-year-olds.
Boys obtained extra average to vigorous train than women, and women extra gentle exercise than boys, however the general decline in train was sharper in boys.
“The only major influencing factors were sex, country and body size,” the authors write. “Interventions to prevent inactivity might need to focus more on younger children.”