Researchers at Cambridge University have found that the physical activeness of four-year-old children was linked with the activity patterns of their mothers.
The researchers observed more than 500 mothers and their four year old kids and found that children who had the least levels of physical activity had mothers who themselves lacked recommended exercise levels.
AdvertisementThe researchers also found that the likelihood that the chances of a child indulging in moderate-to-vigorous activity increased by 10 percent with every minute of same level of activity by the mother.
"A study of physical activity patterns of women and their four-year-olds reveals a strong association between the two. It also shows that only 53 percent of mothers engaged in 30 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous activity at least once a week. When it comes to levels of physical activity, it is mothers who set or don't set the pace", the researchers wrote in their report.