Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Does more exercise at school lead to less exercise at home?

Children who spent more time doing moderate or vigorous physical activity during school hours did not compensate for their extra exercise by reducing their activity levels at home, according to a study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

 Previous research has suggested that kids have a built-in "activitystat" that regulates the total amount of energy they expend (see Reuters Health story of May 7, 2009 here: reut.rs/iGDVdO).  Thus leading to the assumption that when kids are more active at school they are less active at home.  

A researcher from Harvard, Michael Long, decided to test this theory and he found it to be flawed.  His data suggests that children who are active at school are,  infact,  active at home as well.

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