Do you need another reason for your child to get off the couch? Fitter kids have better lung health as adults.
According to a new study published in the February 1st edition of the European Respiratory Journal, researchers found that fitter children had better lung function. Also, the more their fitness improved during childhood, the greater their lung capacity in adulthood. The findings were stronger in males than females.
“We need to keep studying these people to find out whether the association between fitness and lung function continues into later adulthood. If it does, improving and maintaining fitness could translate into important reductions in chronic lung disease,” Bob Hancox, lead researcher, said.
So, ensure children are getting enough exercise now while they are young. By encouraging a healthy, active lifestyle in their youth, parents and educators can help kids and teenagers fight childhood obesity while supporting improved health in their adult years.
Children’s level of fitness NOW affects their overall health well into their future.
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