What stops teens getting enough exercise as they become adults?

Doing regular exercise over the long term may help the health and mental health of Aussie teens as they transition to young adults, according to Australian research, but there are some factors which make getting enough exercise less likely.  The authors found that being female was the strongest risk factor for not getting enough exercise between the ages of 16 and 24. Other risk factors included lower levels of sports participation, more time spent watching TV, and lower parental socioeconomic status. Those with higher academic achievement at age 15 also had less chance of adhering to recommended exercise guidelines over the subsequent eight years. They say their findings point to subgroups of young people who might benefit from more tailored exercise-promotion interventions.


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