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December 13, 2019 Friday 01:22:24 PM IST

Adolescents Have Insufficient Physical Exercise

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A global study done in 2016 has shown that boys and girls aged between 11 and 17 years do not indulge in regular physical exercise. The study published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health journal by World Health Organisation researchers reported that 80% of school-going adolescents did not meet current requirements of at least one hour of physical activity per day-including 85% girls and 78% boys. This may have adverse impact on their current and future health. Some of the benefits of regular exercise in adolescence are improved cardio-respiratory and muscular fitness, bone and cardio-metabolic health and positive effects on weight. There is also growing evidence that physical activity has a positive impact on cognitive development and socializing. Current evidence suggests that many of these benefits continue into adulthood. WHO recommends adolescents to do moderate or vigorous physical activity for an hour or more each day.