Posts tagged "youth"

Kids Are Superhuman

Nobody really looks back on themselves as an eight-year-old and thinks that they were at their peak in terms of physical performance, but a new study suggests that youngsters are on a whole other level when it comes to muscle recovery. The research reveals that kids between the ages of 8 and 12 outperform even professional endurance athletes in many exercise recovery tests, bouncing back from muscle fatigue much faster than adults.

In a series of cycling tests, scientists put a dozen boys between the ages of 8 and 12 up against a dozen unfit adults and 13 professional competition athletes. Each volunteer was measured for their heart rate, level of oxygen in their blood, and the level of muscle fatigue they were experiencing based on the production of lactic acid within the muscles. The kids outperformed the sedentary adults every time, and when it comes to recovery, they also beat out the professionals.

Header Photo by Rene Bernal on Unsplash


Citizens of Skateistan: Fahima

 Meet Fahima, 14-year old skateboarder/ youth leader. From Afghanistan. Wants to be a pro skateboarder.

“When I saw a skateboard for the first time, I thought it looked like an interesting tool for hobby. After a while, I realized that skateboarding is not only a hobby, it’s also a sport which is full of fun.

At Skateistan I have learnt many good things which are very important in my life and I have also made many good friends who are still my best friends. When I start coming to Skateistan, my brothers tried to stop me. They said you can’t join Skateistan as skateboarding is a tool that only boys can play with, not girls. That made me sad and confused, as I thought I was able to do skateboarding. Why did they not realize that girls are also able to do that kind of thing?” (Image courtesy Skateistan)