Friday, November 18, 2011

Fitness and Mental Health In Children

Another study has been published touting the benefits of physical activity in children and its effects on their mental health. A longitudinal study was done in Australia with the researchers reporting the following:
"Our main findings are that higher levels of fitness are resulting in lower levels of depression and stress and greater body satisfaction and this is even after accounting for the potential negative effect of body fat.”

This study was looking at the effect of strong physical education programs in public schools. The researchers concluded that psychological well being in children is linked to cardio-respiratory fitness and physical activity.

Reference: Fitness Boosts Mental Health. Retrieved from Australian National University at http://news.anu.edu.au/?p=12201


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