Reuters | Fitness often not a priority for college students.

Along with mother’s cooking and the family dog, regular exercise is too often among the childish things young adults leave behind when they make the move from home to college.

Attention should be paid to this drop off, experts say, because those inactive in youth tend to remain inactive over their lifetime.

“The transition from late adolescence to early adulthood represents the most dramatic declines in physical activity across a person’s life,” according to Dr. Matthew Kwan, a researcher at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada.