A study done by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health indicates that adults over age 60 and teens do about the same level of physical activity. According to the CDC, out of ten high school students, less than three do 60 minutes of physical activity a day. The same is true of older adults, raising concerns that both of these age groups are at risk for diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and other illnesses. This study backs up these findings.
The research gathered data from 12,529 individuals using information from the National Health and Nutritional Examination Surveys done in 2003-04 and 2005-06. During these surveys, individuals work activity monitoring devices for seven days except when in the shower or sleeping. The devices recorded all activity within that period. The end result showed that neither teens nor those over age 60 met the World Health Organization’s physical activity guidelines.
These findings were published in Preventative Medicine on May 30, 2017.