the Benefits of physical fitness
Exercise, physical activity and physical fitness are three sides to a vital aspect of healthy living. This website and blog are designed to review what we know about these factors and the findings of new research in this field. We know plenty but there is still plenty which we do not know or about which there is uncertainty. It is an evolving science – our understanding of the benefits of exercise and physical fitness is continually being updated by the scientists who investigate the subject. This blog will keep you in touch with these developments. It may even persuade the uncommitted to take up or increase their exercising…..Here’s hoping.
VO2max In my last Blog I described the concept of oxygen uptake – VO2 – and of maximum oxygen uptake - VO2max. The concept of VO2max is very important. It is the most precise measure we have of physical fitness. It describes the maximum work rate of which a person is...read more
Physical Fitness and Lifespan The American Heart association has declared that for middle aged people the level of physical fitness is the best predictor bar none of life expectancy. Now a Mayo Clinic Proceedings editorial has discussed the importance of physical...read more
What is “Sedentary Behaviour”? It sounds like an oxymoron – surely behaviour implies activity? Sedentary behaviour, however, is recognised and is defined as any time spent primarily sitting or lying down and which involves very low levels of energy expenditure....read more
The Government has recently published its Green Paper: “Advancing our health: Prevention in the 2020s – consultation document.” The Green Paper has already been fairly extensively criticised for failing to tackle such problems as the root causes of ill health,...read more
Leading on from my previous blog, the NHS has now announced a plan to issue people at high risk of Type 2 Diabetes (T2DM) with what they call “wearable technology”. Most of us call these pedometers. Their more sophisticated cousins are called accelerometers. They are...read more
Type 2 versus Type 1 diabetes mellitus Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is what we are talking about. Type 1 DM is something else although it is also a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. T1DM is a condition whose onset is usually in young people whose...read more
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