Exercise levels decline 'long before adolescence'

Adolescence is thought to be the time when children go off exercise - but a study in The British Journal of Sports Medicine suggests it happens much earlier, around the age of seven.


Sitting is replacing physical activity from the time children start school, the research suggests.


Children should get at least an hour of exercise a day.


Many of the 400 children enrolled in the study did less than this as they got older.


The experts from Glasgow and Newcastle tracked the activity levels of the children over eight years using monitors worn for a week at a time.


The amount of exercise the children did was measured at age seven and then again at age nine, 12 and 15.


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