Published on May 4th, 2014 | by Bright Kids Books0
Active Moms Equal Active Kids
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Stephen Wayne Kasica | Outside Magazine
Kids aren’t just naturally active
Mothers might not feel like they have any extra seconds in the day to exercise, but a new study finds that being a more active mom will make your young children more active too.
A study from the University of Cambridge published in the journal Pediatrics tracked 554 mothers and their four-year-olds using accelerometers. The data showed that when mothers boosted their physical activity, children’s moderate to vigorous activity increased 10 percent.
“We saw a direct, positive association between physical activity in children and their mothers—the more activity a mother did, the more activity her child did,” study leader Kathryn Hesketh told the New York Daily News.
However, it is still not clear whether active moms inspired their children to be more active or if already active children were making their mothers run around after them, Hesketh cautioned.