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Exercise Improves Stress Hormone Response in Kids

Children experience stress when they navigate school, peer relationships, studying and managing time demands along with other childhood circumstances. A recent study found that being physically active can help children deal with stress more effectively.

The study was published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism 2013;98 (4), E619-27) was a study looking at 258 eight year old children from Helsinki. Each child was given a wrist band to track physical activity levels. They also took salivary cortisol to determine the HPAA (Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenocorticol Axis) involvement each day after exposure to stress in the form of task involving math and telling stories.

Researcher noted no real difference in daily salivary cortisol among children with different activity levels. However, differences did emerge when the children were exposed to stressors. “Children with the highest levels of overall physical activity showed no, or only small, increase over time in salivary cortisol after stress, whereas children belonging to the lowest and intermediate thirds showed significant increase over time in salivary cortisol after stress”. “There findings may offer insight into the pathways of physical activity on physical and mental well being”

Get children moving early and keep them going, they will keep you moving for sure!

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