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Wednesday
Jan232013

China worried about state of physical fitness in youth

Despite China's strong showing in the Olympics year in and year out, the physical fitness of its youth has seen a dramatic drop.

Universities in the country have a fitness requirement and many have trouble finishing it, and those who do are up to 15 seconds slower than a decade ago.

In the past couple years a few have died during the run. Outside of college, there were deaths in both a 5,000- and 10,000-meter run.

To help get the country back in top physical shape, the government has asked schools, especially K-12, to ramp up.

For more, see the Time.com story.

Reader Comments (1)

As I believe that today's youth has become lazier in terms of staying fit, I think it's cruel to force them to do the run as it results in death. Instead of having a mandatory run, why not train them slowly but mandatory?
February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Abbot

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