Nutrition and Fitness Go Hand-in-Hand for Adolescents

Adolescence is an important time to make healthy habits that will last a lifetime, like choosing foods rich in vitamins and minerals and adopting a regular exercise regimen.

In a new study, researchers have found that adolescents’ blood levels of various micronutrients correlated with how well they performed in certain physical fitness tests.

For cardiorespiratory fitness, concentrations of hemoglobin, retinol, and vitamin C in males, and beta-carotene and vitamin D in females, were positively associated with VO2max.

For muscular fitness, concentrations of hemoglobin, beta-carotene, and retinol were positively associated with performing better on the standing long jump in males, while concentrations of alpha-tocopherol were negatively associated with the performance in this test. In addition, beta-carotene and vitamin D in females were associated with performing better on the standing long jump test.