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Mothers` activity levels may depend on number and ages of children: Research

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New Delhi, Nov 18 (ANI): Less than half of mums meet the recommended levels of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and mothers of younger children manage to do the least, researchers have found. Physical activity, particularly when it is moderate to vigorous, has many health benefits, decreasing the risk of a wide range of diseases from cancer to type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, as well as helping maintain a healthy weight and better mental health. Evidence suggests physical activity can help parents cope with the daily challenges of being a parent and strengthen relationships with children if they are active together. However, parents tend to be less active than non-parents. To examine how family composition affected the amount of physical activity mothers engaged in, researchers at the University of Cambridge and University of Southampton analysed data from 848 women who participated in the UK Southampton Women's Survey. The women, aged 20-34 years, were recruited between 1998 and 2002 and followed up over subsequent years. They were given accelerometers to assess their levels of activity. The results are published today in PLOS ONE.