Exercise for Children?

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Exercise for Children?

Postby Canuck Singh » Mon Jul 21, 2008 2:02 pm

Dr. Dan Cooper and his colleagues, from The Center for The Study of Health Effects of Exercise in Children, have produced a study on children that sheds light on how much exercise kids may need to trigger health benefits and how much exercise may be detrimental.

The study (published in Pediatrics and Pediatric Research, Oct 2002) found that even a single, intense bout of exercise in teens and pre-teens raises levels of cellular chemicals that are usually associated with disease but also builds muscle mass and increases fitness.

Intense exercise gives two signals, one that marks a healthy response and one that may be telling us the exercise stress on the body has gone too far. The healthy signals in cells help the body grow stronger, build muscle mass and increase lung capacity. However, the bad signals are catabolic. They actually encourage degradation of cells and excessive levels are commonly linked to many diseases.

In this study, after 11-healthy teenage boys undertook a 90-minute strenuous wrestling practice session, levels of IGF-I and insulin (anabolic messengers) decreased, at the same time levels of interlukin IL-6 (an inflammation marker) increased eight-fold. This presents a rather catabolic environment within the body that, if prolonged, could promote illness and more serious childhood diseases.

In other work by these scientists, the effects of exercise were examined in 30-non-athletic boys aged 8 to 11 years old. The boys engaged in running, playing soccer, jumping and other aerobic games that did not last as long as the 90-minute intense wrestling session. In the shorter duration events the same detrimental cellular messengers were there but to a much lesser extent.

Unfortunately this study didn’t examine the impact of nutrition on these exercise sessions. However, from these results it appears that intense exercise of long duration in children does produce detrimental biochemical effects. Shorter duration, intense exercise appears to be more beneficial.

If you’re involved with children in the exercise/fitness area, be sure to monitor how much and for how long your children participate in intense exercise. Shorter duration intense exercise may be more beneficial in the long term.


Ref: Pediatrics and Pediatric Research, Oct 2002
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Re: Exercise for Children?

Postby Canuck Singh » Sat Oct 25, 2008 8:13 pm

Wheeled activity to get kids healthY

Active teenagers (who take part in school or extra-curricular physical activities) are much less likely to become overweight adults. Conversely, teenagers who are not physically active during their adolescence inevitably become fat adults, that’s according to a comprehensive study recently published in JAMA.

In this paper, the authors explain that approximately 20% of American teenagers are dangerously overweight and most, (85%) become obese adults. While almost 9 out of 10 fat teens become fat adults, to date, no intervention has proved to be effective in reducing this alarmingly consistent transition.

However, there maybe a “wheel” of hope. Habitual physical exercise is an important aspect of reducing the trend of overweight kids becoming fat adults. A key to exercise adherence for most people is enjoyment. The survey revealed that wheel-related activities such as roller-blading, roller-skating, skateboarding or bicycling, were the most popular physical activities among teens.

Regular participation (at least 4 times a week) in these fun activities could promote a lifetime of good health, not to mention save taxpayers millions of dollars every year in obesity related illnesses.
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Re: Exercise for Children?

Postby Domicylla » Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:17 pm

we should eat fresh and healthy food and vegetables,
which makes us healthy and also doing exercise....
this is best exercise for good health and fitness ...
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Re: Exercise for Children?

Postby bugatti » Mon Apr 21, 2014 10:05 pm

Exercise in Children are benefits but must be doing carefully
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Re: Exercise for Children?

Postby Anderson Rome » Wed Mar 02, 2016 4:32 am

Exercise is very important for everyone specially for children. Exercise provides thousands of benefits. With doing regular exercise children can live healthy life and can make body healthy and smart.
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Re: Exercise for Children?

Postby Aiden Hooley » Mon Aug 01, 2016 11:42 am

Yes,exercise for children is very important because children mostly eat fast food which contain so much fats that's why children must be do light exercises.
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Re: Exercise for Children?

Postby junaid1122 » Wed Aug 10, 2016 12:12 pm

Kids who are active will: have stronger muscles and bones. have a leaner body because exercise helps control body fat. be less likely to become overweight. decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. lower blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels. have a better outlook on life.
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