Thursday, November 21, 2013

Research: Children Are Significantly Less Fit than Decades Ago

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The American Heart Association presented research on 50 studies on running fitness between 1964 and 2010 that involved more than 25 million kids, ages 9 to 17, in 28 countries. Most of the studies measured cardiovascular endurance by how far kids could run in a set time or how long it took to run a set distance. The tests typically lasted five to 15 minutes or covered a half-mile to two miles.

The results indicated the following:
  • cardiovascular endurance declined significantly within the 46 years 
  • average changes were similar between boys and girls, younger and older kids, and across different regions, although they varied from one country to another
  • today's children are about 15% less aerobically fit than children 30 years ago i.e. about 90 seconds slower when doing a timed mile.
Reference: Douglas, C. Kids' Aerobic Fitness Said to Decline Dramatically. Retreived from Runner's World on the web on 11/20/2013 at

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