85-90% of U.S. teens aren’t getting enough exercise and this habit is surely set to continue also after graduation, according to a new study. Researchers followed the lifestyle of students in 44 high schools to come to this conclusion.
It was found, that only 9 percent of the people that were studied during the course of the research, met the current exercise recommendations in their teenage. This gives rise to the fact that about 85-90% of U.S. teens aren’t getting enough exercise that is required daily. These habits have been found to continue, even after graduation.
Other facts that came forward were that college students are more active than non-students. It was also found that those people who lived on campus tended to exercise more than those people who lived at home. They might be more involved in sports, or may be prone to more walking from classes to dorms and other buildings on the campus.
This study is not the first one to show that 85-90% of U.S. teens aren’t getting enough exercise. This study measured the activity levels of teens by use of devices called accelerometers. These devices tracked how much the students moved over the course of one week.
It has been recommended, by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that an hour of physical activity on a daily basis is mandatory for children and teenagers. These exercises should include something that boosts the heart rate. Running, aerobics, push-ups and light weight lifting are the recommended activities to be carried out.
It, however, seems that these recommendations have not been heeded by teenagers nowadays as it has been now proven that 85-90% of U.S. teens aren’t getting enough exercise. The reason behind this seems to be the lack of physical education in schools. Only 29% of high school students in the United States have gym classes on a daily basis according to the CDC.
Other researchers and this research, in particular, stresses more on the need of physical education in schools. A healthy habit, instilled upon U.S. teens from this age will surely continue being heeded for the rest of their life, giving rise to a healthy body and a healthy mind.
It has been found that the exercise levels of students decrease every year after graduation. Hence, it is absolutely important for the U.S., Teens to be motivated to exercise at least for one hour on a daily basis for a better future.
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