According to one study, boys who exercise at an early age are less likely to develop mental health problems as adults.
Researchers have found that boys who exercise between the ages of five and twelve are less likely to have symptoms of depression and anxiety. However, the same can no longer be said for girls – I mentioned it in the Daily Mail.
Marie-José Harbeck, who led the study, which conducted a study of 690 boys and 748 girls at the University of Montreal in Canada under the supervision of Professor Linda Pagani, said there is widespread evidence today that
Childhood physical inactivity can lead to a crisis state that can eventually have an impact on mental and physical health later on.
To show the results, the researchers studied the sports and physical activity habits indicated by the five- and twelve-year-olds and their parents. In parallel, anxiety symptoms were examined between the ages of six and ten, as reported by the participants’ teachers.
„We found that five-year-old boys who had never participated in sports activities between the ages of six and 10 were more likely to be unhappy and tired, have trouble feeling satisfied, cried a lot, and seemed afraid or anxious.Said study lead author Linda Pagani.
He added that boys who were more prone to symptoms of depression and anxiety in their childhood were less physically active at the age of 12. “In contrast, no significant changes were found for girls“pointed out.
For the study sample, parents of 690 boys and 748 girls born in 1997 and 1998 in the Canadian province of Quebec reported whether they had participated in sports at age five and the extent of physical activity performed at age twelve. In contrast, young people’s teachers rated anxiety symptoms observed in school between the ages of six and ten.
The researchers categorized the numbers by gender to learn about the relationship between physical activity and anxiety. To obtain more accurate results, a number of influencing factors such as children’s temperament, parents’ education or family income were excluded.
The study found that boys who play sports in preschool can benefit from physical activities
They help them develop life leadership skills such as initiative, participation in teamwork, and maintaining self-control.
„In contrast, boys with symptoms of depression and anxiety are more socially isolated and have lower levels of energy and efficiency, which in turn can negatively affect physical activity.Linda Pagani explained.
In girls, the risk of depression and anxiety and the factors that provide protection against them act differently. They are more likely than boys to seek help and talk more easily about their concerns to their family, friends or a professional, and are better protected with psychological support than with social relationships.
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