Recent studies suggest that by exercising now, children will enjoy health benefits that last well into their senior years. According to the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s (AOSSM), children who regularly exercise in childhood are less likely to suffer from fracture in their later years, as well as enjoying better heath during childhood.
Swedish children aged seven to nine years were studied over a six year period and it was found that children who got 40 minutes of daily physical education had nearly approximately two times the fracture rate as children that received 60 minutes of exercise each day. The researchers also studied seniors and found that those who were athletic during their childhood were far less likely to suffer from fractures during their senior years.
Researchers concluded that increased activity in younger ages helps to build higher bone mass and improve skeletal size, thereby reducing fracture risk during both childhood and in their elder years.
Source: American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, Mar. 25, 2013