Kids run slower than their parents used to

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

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“C’mon, your father and I just ran 5 miles!”

According to a global fitness study, children aren’t running as fast as their parents could when they were young, which suggests youth fitness levels are dropping.

Using data from over 25 million children, in 28 countries, and spanning 46 years, the researchers concluded that children run a mile 90 seconds slower than their parents 30 years ago.

Furthermore, they found that endurance levels have been dropping by about 5% every 10 years, and that 30% to 60% of the decline can be explained by increased fat mass.

If children are unfit, they become more  likely to suffer negative health conditions later in life, and so it’s recommended they get at least an hour of physical activity – like cycling, running around in the playground, or walking – every single day. It doesn’t even have to be all at once either.

The type of exercise is just as important as the quantity, too, since it should be something that makes your body sweat, continues for a decent amount of time, and changes things up. The more body parts being used, the better!

Featured image courtesy of Angus Chan on Flickr. Image of athletic parents with boy courtesy of Joe Shlabotnik on Flickr.