Moms Today Clock Less Physical Activity
The mothers of today are less physically active than those who raised their children back in the 1960s. Using data from thousands of diaries containing a record of how people spend their time, researchers tallied the number of hours moms spent doing activities such as housework, child care, laundry, food preparation, cleanup after a meal, and exercise. Compared with the mothers of children between 5 and 18 years old in 1965, moms in 2010 clocked 11 fewer hours of physical activity per week. The difference was even greater in mothers of younger children, with 14 fewer hours of activity per week in 2010 than in 1965. The 2010 mothers also reported engaging in six or seven more hours a week of sedentary behavior, such as watching television, than the ’60s moms.
Source: Mayo Clinic Proceedings, December 2013