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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Psychological ill-health Part 2

Psychological ill-health Part 2

Exercise in the treatment of psychological ill health There is a general belief that physical activity and exercise have positive effects on mood and anxiety, and a great number of publications describe an association between physical activity and general well-being,...

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Psychological ill-health Part 1

Psychological ill-health Part 1

 ‘Mens sana in corpore sano. (Healthy mind in healthy body)’ Juvenal, c. AD 100 Psychological illnesses are extremely common. The commonest examples are depression and anxiety. A European study of depression found prevalence rates varying from 2.5 per cent in...

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Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s disease (PD) was originally described as ‘the shaking palsy’ by James Parkinson in 1817. The main features of PD are stiffness, difficulty with movements and a characteristic so-called pill-rolling tremor. Affected individuals have increasing problems with...

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Stroke Part 3

Stroke Part 3

Long-term physical training Last week I explained the great importance of physiotherapy in working and strengthening the affected muscles immediately after a stroke.The improvement starts soon but the pace of change slows with time.  After a few months the performance...

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Stroke part 2

Stroke part 2

Last week I described the nature of a stroke, the underlying causes and some of the devastating consequences. Prevention and early treatment are needed to avoid some of these consequences. Long-term  problems are very frequent in stroke survivors and include mobility...

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Cerebrovascular Disease and Stroke

Cerebrovascular Disease and Stroke

What is a stroke? A stroke happens when there is a loss of blood flow to part of the brain. Your brain cells cannot get the oxygen and nutrients they need from blood, and they start to die within a few minutes. This can cause lasting brain damage, long-term...

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