How Children Can Beat Obesity
September 14, 2006
Vigorous, sustained exercise is more effective at helping children stay fit than low-intensity exercise.
More Than 40 Minutes
A recent study of almost 800 children, ages 9 and 10, measured their activity levels over four days. Those children who engaged in vigorous physical activity for over 40 minutes each day had less body fat and better cardiovascular fitness than those who were only vigorously active for 10 to 18 minutes a day.
Total Daily Activity
The total daily physical activity, as opposed to the intensity, did not affect body fat, although it was associated with better cardiovascular fitness.