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Most kids and teens aren’t getting enough physical activity.

Researchers from the University of Jyvaskyla and LIKES Research Center for Physical Activity and Health analyzed activity levels in different age groups. They discovered that children and adolescents are becoming increasingly less active.

The team says that four out of five adolescents do not meet recommendations for physical activity. Researchers observed a decline of physical activity as early as age 7 and a specific drop in sports participation in adolescence.

Highlighting the importance of an active lifestyle, researchers say that parents should begin promoting physical activity in their kids at an early age.


(2019, April 8). Decline in physical activity often starts as early as age 7. NeuroscienceNews. Retrieved from

Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett is a staff writer at Thriveworks. She devotes herself to distributing important information about mental health and wellbeing, writing mental health news and self-improvement tips daily. Taylor received her bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism, with minors in professional writing and leadership from Virginia Tech. She is a co-author of Leaving Depression Behind: An Interactive, Choose Your Path Book and has published content on Thought Catalog, Odyssey, and The Traveling Parent.

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