After extensively analyzing the patterns of children’s physical activity during and after school, recent findings displayed that children are not receiving an adequate amount of exercise. Results suggested that girls have an elevated risk for not meeting the recommended exercise standards. The research conducted intently looked at children in third to fifth grade. The study did not only evaluate the physical activity during school hours, but extended its data by looking at after school and weekend exercise patterns. Health care professionals strongly recommend a minimum of thirty minute moderate to vigorous daily exercise, to further enhance and improve your health. Amongst the entire sample studied, the outcomes presented that only a minuscule portion of young children are meeting the criteria suggested by professionals. With a lack of physical activity in young adolescents, the risk for obesity and health related issues rises; especially among those who are overweight and exhibit even less physical activity. In numerous schools, physical education programs and recess times have been diminishing and cut. As students advance to their next grade level, the amount of their daily exercise is declining even further. Incorporating a consistent amount of exercise in your daily routine only further boosts the overall quality of your health, creating a positive lifestyle.
This post was recommended by our Physical Therapist Joseph Sullivan, PT, OCS, CSCS, a Certified Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. This certification, which is held by less than 10% of physical therapists, entails advanced academic and clinical skills in the field. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and is recognized as a Hospital for Special Surgery Credentialed Advanced Hip Clinician. He currently practices out of our Lynbrook office.