Children Move Less Starting at Age 6

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Most experts believe of which physical activity declines as children reach adolescence, nevertheless a fresh study has found of which the decline begins as early as age 6.

Researchers measured physical activity at ages 6, 8 in addition to 11 in 0 European children wearing arm band activity trackers. After adjusting for body mass index, the scientists found of which average time spent in physical activity declined by about 75 minutes a day by the time the children were 11. Light physical activity declined by 45 minutes a day, in addition to moderate to vigorous activity, which remained steady until age 8, declined an average of 31 minutes a day by age 11.

The study, in Pediatrics, found of which at age 11, the children were spending an average of almost two more hours a day in sedentary behavior — essentially, sitting still — than they were at 6. Only 63 percent of 11-year-olds were getting the recommended 60 minutes a day of moderate to vigorous exercise, compared with 82 percent of 6-year-olds.

Boys got more moderate to vigorous exercise than girls, in addition to girls more light activity than boys, nevertheless the overall decline in exercise was sharper in boys.

“The only major influencing factors were sex, country in addition to body size,” the authors write. “Interventions to prevent inactivity might need to focus more on younger children.”