Kids less fit today than those in 1970s

Updated:Nov 19,2013

Kids less fit today than those in 1970s

Your kids may not be as fit as you when you were their age.

Cardiovascular endurance has significantly declined in children 9-17 years old compared with kids the same age 30 years ago, according to a new study.

Today, kids run about a minute and half slower than children 30 years ago, and they’re about 15 percent less fit than their parents were when they were their age.

In every decade in 1970-2000, fitness levels declined about 6 percent among U.S. children and 5 percent around the world.

More children are also overweight/obese, contributing to the decline in fitness. Decline in fitness during childhood might lead to poor health in adulthood.

Kids should participate in at least 60 minutes of vigorous physical activity a day.


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Researcher Information:

Grant Tomkinson, Ph.D., lead author of the study and senior lecturer in the University of South Australia’s School of Health Sciences.