Plunge in Kids’ Exercise After the Age of 5

There is a plunge in kids’ exercise after the age of 5

A new study reveals there is a 40% drop in exercise levels between the ages of five and 12. This drop has been found to have an impact on the grey matter in the premotor cortex of their brains. It is important for learning (imitation) and social cognition (empathy) as well as controlling movements. This study also confirms other studies that show exercise could ward of dementia when we are older. So perhaps we need to join our kids and exercise. How much do they need?

They should do at least 60 minutes of moderate activity a day. Pretty much anything that raises their heartbeat. Sadly, it’s estimated that only 2-3 out of 10 kids actually reaches this goal.


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