There are plenty of immediate and short-term benefits for children who regularly play sports, but a recent study shows that physically fit children may have the healthiest hearts during their adult years.
Scientists from the University of Exeter say that, in order to significantly lower the risk of heart disease later in life, teenagers need vigorous physical activity to maintain physical fitness.
Current health guidelines in the United Kingdom and elsewhere suggest kids between 5 and 18 should commit to at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise every day to maintain heart health and fitness.
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