HILDREN are becoming physically weaker, according to a recent report from the University of Essex. The team, compared the strength and fitness of 10-year-olds from Essex between 1998 and 2014.
They found children had become heavier and taller but scored worse in tests including sit-ups and grip strength. The children’s body mass index (BMI) stayed the same because although they were heavier they are also taller.
It had been expected that because the children had grown bigger they would have also grown stronger.
So why has the muscular strength of our children decreased in the past twenty years? Experts believe that the drop in the number and length of PE lessons delivered in schools, safety concerns, plus increased time spent on social media and online are the main reasons.
The Government recommends that children up to 18 years do 60 minutes of activity a day and three of those days should include strengthening exercises. Adults should be doing 150 minutes of exercise per week, with two lots of strengthening exercises.