By: Dominic Hernandez
Do you ever have time during the access period, or feel like not doing homework? Don’t go on your phone, instead, break a sweat. Many people don’t enjoy physical activity, but if you think about it, there are so many benefits to exercising.
According to a UN health agency study, more than 80% of global teens don’t get in at least one hour of daily exercise. These findings have implications for physical and mental health, as well as youth education. The report, published in the Lancet Child & Adolescent Health journal, did not mention why adolescents are so inactive; but a WHO co-author of the study suggested digital technology means more young people spend time on electronic devices.
The study also found differences between genders worldwide, with 85% of girls, and 78% of boys, failing to hit the daily exercise target. Male youths in rich Western countries, and female youths in South Asia, get the most exercise within their respective genders.
A study done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that in 2012, only about 42% of American youths had adequate levels of cardio-respiratory fitness; a 10% drop compared to 2000. This study also found that as the percentage of young people with adequate levels of cardio-respiratory fitness increased, their weight decreased.