August 22, 2013 | Ling

I don't bother with gyms I live with two young nieces who run everyone they encounter ragged.

They're so full of beans, they wouldn't believe that one out of every two of their friends is inactive. But that's what a new study shows. And among the 6500 children monitored, the girls were around 20% less active than the boys.

I've no idea what we're doing right in our house, but I'm hoping we continue. Ill health and bad habits are an awful burden to saddle our kids with.


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How would you get young kids up and active?

Young girl jumping off a climbing gym at a playground

To monitor the children, researchers strapped accelerometers to them.


Image: Flickr/Jon Martin

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