How Active Are Modern Moms?

How Active Are Modern Moms? A lot has changed in the last 45 years, and a study published in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings suggests that today's female adults with children are much less active than their counterparts were in 1965. In fact, the average mother spends 25% more time engaged in sedentary behaviors compared to 45 years ago.

According to data from the American Heritage Time use Study, which includes 50,000 daily diaries spanning the years 1965 through 2010, mothers with children aged 5 and younger were inactive about 14 more hours per week compared to 1965 moms, a difference of 225 calories per day. Those with children aged 6 to 18 were off their feet about 11 more hours per week than mothers with children of similar ages 45 years ago. That's around 177 calories a day that aren't being burned up doing chores, exercising or playing with the kids.

True Strength Moment: Whether technology is even partially to blame for this dramatic increase in inactivity is hard to say, since television has been around since the 1950s. In any case, making time to tune out electronic devices and get in a workout can turn around this trend.
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