According to a recent study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, an average middle-aged American is way physically active than the American teenager, indicating that children engage in little exercise lately.
The research team and their discovery
The research team headed by Vadim Zipunnikov analysed the data from over 12,500 respondents of various ages who wore tracking devices for physical activity during the health surveys that took place between 2003 and 2006.
Following the study, Zipunnikov and his research team found that majority of the respondents who are teens and children were not able to meet up with the WHO’s direction do not engage in the proper physical activity. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) advocates about 60 minutes of exercise for teens and children daily.
It was observed that over 50% of girls and about 25% of boys between the ages of 6 – 11 do not engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily. Likewise, more than 50% of males and 75% of females between the ages of 12 – 19 do not engage in physical activity up to 60 minutes daily.
Furthermore, Zipunnikov and the research team found that the increased physical activity was noticeable among adults in their 20’s – indicating a sharp decline in physical activity during teen and adulthood. Zipunnikov stated that the level of physical activity after adolescence was shallow, causing a possible comparison of the physical activity of a 16-year old to that of a 60-year old.
A general analysis revealed that male respondents indulged in more physical activity than the female counterpart. But after midlife, the reverse becomes the case. A study on respondents who are 60 years old and above showed that men grew physically inactive and experienced lower light intensity levels more than the female respondents.
Rise in physical activity
Then again, the researchers discovered that there are times during the day when respondents could engage in maximum and minimum physical activity. For kids who go to school, they find it best during 2 p.m to 6 p.m. The researchers envisaged a possibility of managing physical activity in the best manner by targeting the different times with least and highest activity.
Finally, Zipunnikov and his research team advocate low-intensity physical activity albeit WHO suggests moderate to intense physical activity for teens and children.