Are you a fitness professional who was also clumsy as a child? Turns out that while many fit kids also have well-developed motor skills, kids who are less coordinated can be equally aerobically fit.

Researchers examined data from 332 children ages 7–11. “Our study clearly demonstrated that aerobic fitness is not linked to motor skills when body composition is properly taken into account,” said lead study author Eero A. Haapala, PhD, faculty of Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland. “The key message of our study is that even a child who is unfit can be motorically adept and the heart of a clumsier kid can be as fit as her or his more skillful peer.”

Look for the study in Translational Sports Medicine (2020; doi:10.1002/tsm2.198).

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