“Just like that. Okay.”
Matthew Hurt has always made exercises a priority for himself and now for his sons.“I want it to be just natural for them. I don’t want it to be a chore.I want them to just want to go outside, want to be active and enjoy life to its fullest.”
A study at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center looked at the impact of fathers’ exercise habits on their offspring.It found that even moderate exercise before a baby is conceived provides a health benefit that can last the lifetime. That resulted in an improved metabolic health and their adult offspring, so essentially it improved their glucose metabolism, decreased body weights and increased their insulin sensitivity.
The research was done with mice. It found this was due to certain changes in the sperm. As for people, the World Health Organization says one in four adults worldwide are dangerously inactive. That increases the risk of obesity, high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases, cancer and diabetes. The idea would be that if you have a dad who wants to have a child, if they would exercise maybe just a month prior to conception, that would have a really dramatic effect on their child’s life.
The researchers also found that exercise helped even with a poor diet.Sedentary mice fed a high fat diet passed along negative health issues like obesity and insulin resistance. The scientists were surprised to find that the diet’s negative effects were completely reversed by exercise.“A high-fat diet, even mild high-fat diet, in this case it was only three weeks, changes the profile, but exercise kind of restored it back to normal.”More work needs to be done to see if the same applies to humans. But in the animal studies, exercise for the male mouse was key to the health of his offspring.
Carol Pearson, VOA news, Washington.