Daily Exercise at School Yields Rewards
Daily exercise provides cardiovascular benefits even during the preteen years, reveals a new German study.
It found that schoolchildren, who averaged 11 years old, lowered their blood pressure, improved their levels of HDL ('good') cholesterol and triglycerides and were less likely to be obese if they regularly participated in a supervised exercise program that included at least 15 minutes of endurance training. The research was conducted in the city of Leipzig.
'Even from these first-year results, we can say that regular physical activity has a significant beneficial effect on body composition, exercise capacity and cardiovascular risk markers in children,'"