Children’s exercise levels are not enough to counteract their couch potato lifestyles according to research published in the American Journal of Human Biology.
Kids who spend the majority of their time watching TV or sat at computers have up to nine times poorer motor skills that than their more active friends.
The study led by Dr Luis Lopes from the University of Minho, Portugal stated that:
“Childhood is the critical time for the development of motor coordination skills which are essential for health and wellbeing.
Sedentary lifestyles are associated with decreased fitness, lower self-esteem, decreased academic achievement and increased obesity.”
Dr Lopes’ team studied 110 girls and 103 boys aged nine to ten from 13 urban elementary schools.
Motor coordination was evaluated with tests which included: balance, jumping laterally, hopping on one leg over an obstacle and shifting platforms.
It was found that high sedentary behaviour had a significant impact on the children’s motor coordination, with boys being more adversely affected than girls.
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