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Mother and Child Activity Levels Linked: Study

Active Children

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  • In a study of 4-year-olds and their mothers, mothers who were more active typically had more active children
  • A mother and child’s activity levels tend to be closely linked, yet many people become less physically active after having children
  • Exercise is equally important for kids and adults, with benefits for weight control, disease prevention, and improved brain function (and school performance) in both groups
  • Unless your child is seriously overweight or obese, resist the urge to overly structure your child’s “exercise time,” instead encouraging natural active play
  • Every time you fit in a workout, go for a hike, or walk the dog with your kids, you’re teaching them a positive lesson about fitness that will hopefully stay with them for a lifetime

By Dr. Mercola

People tend to become less physically active as they get older, and research shows that this sedentary trend is particularly strong after having a child.

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