Welcome to my website – Exercise Fitness & Health

It is designed to tell you about all the health benefits of taking regular physical exercise.

Being physically active is the most effective way of ensuring a long, healthy and disease free life. At the same time it gives a great sense of wellbeing. It is far more effective than anything that the pharmaceutical industry can throw at you, far better than anything your doctor can prescribe.

Here are two quotes which express this far more eloquently that I can:

 

  1. “If we had a drug in our therapeutic armamentarium that conferred all the benefits of regular exercise it would be the single best treatment for preventing disease and improving overall health and life expectancy”. O’Keefe JH et al 2013

  2. “Better to hunt in fields, for health unbought,
    Than fee the doctor for a nauseous draught,
    The wise, for cure, on exercise depend;
    God never made his work for man to mend.”
    John Dryden 1700

On this website I will be telling you all about the latest evidence for the benefits of exercise as it becomes available. I will discuss how new research fits in with what we already know and I will try to answer any questions you may have. My blog will be interactive so that you can respond to what I say – to agree, to disagree, to add your own perspective.

I have a book on exercise in the pipeline and I will let you know when it is available. It provides a comprehensive overview of the facts about exercise – its history, how oxygen fuels exercise, how much exercise we should take and how much we do take, how fit we should be and how fit we really are, which diseases can be prevented or lessened by exercise and how exercise both lengthens lifespan and also lengthens healthspan. Healthspan is the period of our lives in which we are well, active and free of disease and disability. To my mind healthspan is much more important than lifespan.

One of the greatest challenges faced by those who understand the benefits of exercise is trying to persuade the inactive to become more active. Just telling people that they should take more exercise is a pretty ineffective endeavour. It is very hard to change habitual behaviour. However, education can be a powerful tool and I hope that spreading the message of just how effective is exercise in promoting a long, healthy and fulfilling life might persuade some of the inactive to get off the sofa and start to enjoy the benefits of getting active.
I will not be telling you which exercise you should be taking – that is too much of an individual choice. Just find something you enjoy – and do it!

This is an interactive blog and I welcome responses from my readers. Please comment on what I say.  All relevant responses will be published on the site and I hope may encourage further debate.