Girls Who Exercise Are Less Likely to be Involved in Violence

teen-girl-soccer-teamResearchers from Columbia University in New York recently found that high school females who reported participating in regular exercise had decreased odds of being involved in violence-related behaviors. The study, which was discussed at the Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting, looked at over 1,300 students in New York City and asked questions about both their exercise habits and exposure to violence. Some highlights of the findings include: 

  • Females who exercised more than 10 days a month had decreased risk of being in a gang
  • Females who did more than 20 sit-ups in a month had decreased odds of carrying a weapon or being in a gang
  • Females running more than 20 minutes at a time had a decreased risk of carrying a weapon
  • Females who participated in team sports in the past year had decreased odds of carrying a weapon, being in a fight, or being in a gang

These findings may set the stage for future exercise interventions in inner-city neighborhoods that could decrease youths' involvement in violence. 

Read more at Science Daily.


Physical Activity Can Help You Get Better Grades

girls-with-report-cardsA recent study published in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness found an association between physical fitness and high academic achievement. Researchers looked at over 300 middle school students and measured their body fat as well as performed a group of exercises to assess heart and lung endurance, flexibility, muscular strength, and overall endurance. They compared these physical fitness levels to their grades in English, math, science, and world studies. They found that not only did students who were the most physically fit have the highest grades, but students with the lowest physical activity ability had the lowest. The results were the same regardless of gender or age at puberty.

National guidelines suggest that young people should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Making sure that you get a good amount of exercise may help improve both your physical and emotional health!

Read more at Washington Post.