Kids’ Exercise Predicts Adult Income

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Finnish study finds links between early physical activity and future earnings, but only for boys.

Source:  Runners World / TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2016, 9:58 AM


The study, by researchers at several universities in Finland and published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, looked at data from 3,000 kids whose physical activity levels were assessed in the 1980s when they were 9, 12, and 15 years old. That data was then linked to Finnish tax records to determine their average income over the 10 years ending in 2010.

Among men, the results were clear: Boys who were more active by one standard deviation went on to earn about 30 percent more as adults. That relationship remained robust even after controlling for various factors like family background (including parental levels of physical activity) and weight.
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