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CY­CLING or EVENING park time Is Ab­so­lutely ine to SEE your CHIL­DREN stay it But EN­COUR­AG­ING them to Do strength­based ex­er­cises such as squats, push-ups and lunges can help them shed weight faster, re­veals a most ex­ten­sive re­view of re­sis­tance train­ing’s im­pact on young peo­ple. Such re­sis­tance train­ing, which al­lows mus­cles to con­tract and en­ables mus­cles and bones to strengthen, helps re­duce chil­dren’s body fat per­cent­age, lowers their body mass in­dex (BMI) as well as boosts me­tab­o­lism, said re­searchers who ex­am­ined 18 stud­ies across eight coun­tries in­clud­ing the US, Aus­tralia and Ja­pan to reach this con­clu­sion.

The study ex­am­ined the ef­fects of re­sis­tance train­ing on body weight for the 9-18 age group. “The re­sults showed pos­i­tive ef­fect re­sis­tance train­ing can have on main­tain­ing a healthy weight and re­duc­ing body fat for young peo­ple,” said He­len Collins, doc­toral stu­dent at Bri­tain’s Univer­sity of Ed­in­burgh. While re­sis­tance train­ing de­creased body fat, it had no over­all ef­fect on other mea­sures, in­clud­ing lean mus­cle mass, body mass in­dex and waist cir­cum­fer­ence.

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