Less that 50% of Youths Have Adequate Cardiorespiratory Fitness!
The actual statistic is 42% as you can read about in an article from the CDC here. Please read the excerpt below. It is a summary of the article's findings.
"Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), 1999–2004 and the NHANES National Youth Fitness Survey, 2012
- In 2012, about 42% of U.S. youth aged 12–15 years had adequate levels of cardiorespiratory fitness.
- The percentage of youth who had adequate levels of cardiorespiratory fitness did not differ by race and Hispanic origin, or by family income-to-poverty ratio.
- The percentage of youth who had adequate levels of cardiorespiratory fitness decreased as weight status increased.
- The percentage of youth aged 12–15 who had adequate levels of cardiorespiratory fitness decreased from 52.4% in 1999–2000 to 42.2% in 2012."
These statistics show why there is an increased need for Youth Fitness instructors. Less than 50% of youths are even in adequate cardiovascular fitness levels. Even worse yet, in the last decade - that percentage has dropped by 10%! The income and racial demographics did not differ. We are all in the same boat.
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