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Joint Aches/Muscle Pains – Cycles

Evidence Summary
There is a clear benefit on gained from physical activity, which improves psychosocial health, particularly if the family is involved. It is also correlated with a significant improvement in quality of life.

There is an association between increased levels of physical activity in obese/overweight children and improved cognitive benefit


  1. Exercise, health outcomes, and paediatric obesity: A systematic review of meta-analyses
    Garcia-Hermoso A, Ramirez-Velez R et al
    J Sci Med Sport. 2019 Jan;22(1):76-84
  2. Concurrent aerobic plus resistance exercise versus aerobic exercise alone to improve health outcomes in paediatric obesity: a systematic review and meta-analysis
    Garcia-Hermoso A, Ramirez-Velez R et al
    Br J Sports Med. 2018 Feb;52(3):161-166
  3. Exercise and BMI z-score in overweight and obese children and adolescents: A systematic review and network meta-analysis of randomised trials
    Kelley GA, Kelley KS, Pate RR
    J Evid Based Med. 2017 May;10(2):108-128
  4. Systematic Review of the Relationships between Physical Activity and Health Indicators in the Early Years (0-4 years). Carson V, Lee EY, Hewitt L, Jennings C, Hunter S, Kuzik N, Stearns J, Powley Unrau S, Poitras V, Gray C, Adamo K, Janssen I, Okely A, Spence J, Timmons B, Sampson M, Tremblay M.
  5. The Impact of Multicomponent weight management programs on quality of life in adolescents affected by overweight or obesity: a meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. Murray M, Pearson JL, Dordevic AL, Bonham MP
  6. Change in health-related Quality of Life in the context of paediatric obesity interventions:a meta-analytic review. Steele RG, Gayes LA, Dalton WT, Smith C, Maphis L, Conway-Williams E.