If you’re looking for ways to help your kids learn in the gym, you may be missing out.
According to a new study, there’s a good chance your kids will be getting more out of their training in the physical environment than you’re doing.
In the study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from the University of Bristol and University College London used data from more than 3,000 kids who were enrolled in a four-year intensive training program.
The students were randomly assigned to three different groups: one group received the standard gym workout regimen and another group received a combination of physical and occupational therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy.
Researchers were interested in whether there were any differences in the effects of the types of exercise programs and the types and types of teachers.
According the researchers, their findings showed that there was no difference between the training programs.
While that’s great news for parents who are concerned about the impact of training on their kids’ physical health, there are a few caveats to the findings.
For one, there was a lack of consistency among the groups.
The researchers looked at the effects for each group on different types of exercises.
For example, there were no differences between the two groups when it came to the amount of weight they used.
“We’re not seeing any effect on the number of exercises, so that’s a concern,” said lead researcher Dr. Paul Lacey.
The researchers also looked at whether the kids in the aerobic or the strength and conditioning groups improved on the physical and social skills.
In general, the researchers found that the children in the strength, conditioning and aerobic training groups were more likely to be able to maintain a healthy weight and stay in shape.
However, there wasn’t any difference in the number or types of physical activities the children participated in, so they may not be as effective as a combination.
“In terms of what we’ve done, we’re not aware of any evidence of an effect on physical activity levels,” Lacey said.
“It’s still too early to tell whether the combination of occupational therapy combined with cognitive behavioural or physical therapy would be effective.”
While the results suggest there may be a benefit in combination with occupational therapy, the effects on physical health may be more subtle, according to Lacey and his colleagues.
While the physical activity programs may be beneficial for the kids, Lacey noted that the research was done over a longer period of time and that it’s still unclear whether the benefits were permanent.
“I think this kind of research is valuable to understand whether or not this type of intervention might have a long-term effect,” Latta said.
In addition, there may also be a lack to the research on how well training programs work for kids with disabilities.
The study looked at children ages 4 to 12.
The study also looked into children who were diagnosed with a disability or developmental disability, such as autism, Down syndrome or other disabilities.
Lacey and co-author Dr. Mark Haggerty also stressed that the researchers were not looking at whether or how effective these programs are for everyone, but rather focusing on the benefits for certain children.
“There’s a lot of work to be done on this, so we’re interested in what the long-lasting effects are on this,” Latham said.