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.
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I will start with how the professionals do it – in my next blog I will be telling you how to measure your own fitness level for yourself. Let me repeat that the best measure of physical fitness or cardio-respiratory fitness or aerobic capacity is the maximal oxygen...read more
There are all sorts of aspects of physical fitness - muscle strength, balance, flexibility to mention a few. The aspect which interests me and is the subject of my blogs is aerobic fitness otherwise known as cardio-respiratory fitness (CRF). It is the measure of our...read more
To derive health benefits the national guidelines recommend using exercise to burn about 1,000 Calories per week. For weight loss and even greater health benefits an expenditure of 2,000 Calories per week is suggested. This is equivalent to about 1600 MET minutes per...read more
Why measure exercise dose? You might wonder why it is helpful to regard exercise as a “dose” let alone measure it. Two reasons pop into my mind: Because of its widespread health benefits, exercise can be equated to medication. How big a dose is needed to help weight...read more
The energy required by muscles to contract is produced by complex biochemical reactions. A critical contributor to the process is oxygen (O2). Oxygen comprises about 20% of the air we breathe. It is absorbed from the lungs onto the haemoglobin molecules in the...read more
There are two broad categories of exercise. Dynamic or isotonic exercise is that which uses the regular, purposeful movement of joints and large muscle groups, particularly their Type I fibres. Isometric exercise, on the other hand, involves static contraction...read more
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