Most mothers with small children are naked according to a British survey

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A mother with one child did not exceed 21 minutes a day, while if she had multiple children up to five years of age, she did less moderate-to-vigorous exercise than a mother with multiple children over five years of age.

Less than half of mothers meet the recommended levels physical exercise and the problem is greater for women with younger or more children (even worse if the two are combined), a new study by British scientists shows.

Physical exercise and activity in general, especially when it has moderate to high intensity, provides multiple health benefits, reducing the risk of various diseases (cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc.), for mental disorders and for excess weight. Exercise also helps parents cope better with the day-to-day challenges of parenting, and can strengthen their relationships if parents and children exercise together.

But as the new research shows, parents are actually less physically active than those without children. The researchers from the universities of Cambridge and Southampton, led by epidemiologist Dr. Kathryn Hesketh, who made the relevant publication in the scientific journal “PLoS One”, analyzed sample data for 848 women aged 20 to 34 regarding the level of physical exercise/activity. their.

It was found that less than 50% of moms met the recommended limit of 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise per week. Moms of school-aged children averaged 26 minutes moderate to vigorous activity during the day, while mothers of younger children up to four years old did 18 minutes. If a mom had more than one child, she got no more than 21 minutes a day, while if she had multiple children under five, she did less moderate-to-vigorous exercise than a mother who had multiple children over five.

Hesketh stated that “when you have young children, parenting responsibilities eat up your time and it’s often difficult to find time for physical activity in addition to looking after your children. Exercise is therefore one of the first things to fall by the wayside or most mums limit themselves to more light intensity exercise. But when the children start going to school, moms manage to steal time for more physical activity and more intensity.”

See the scientific publication here

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