Encouraging exercise Part 1

Encouraging exercise Part 1

Encouraging Exercise  ‘If your dog is fat, you’re not getting enough exercise.’ Anon. Every study of exercise behaviour confirms that the level of physical activity in the population is lamentably low. The only question is just how low. When exercise performance...
The costs of inactivity

The costs of inactivity

‘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’. from ‘Run for your life . . .’  NHS Spending...
Strength training

Strength training

  It is time that you had a rest from my weekly diatribe and got a new perspective. I am grateful to James for this guest blog. My usual obsession is with aerobic exercise and perhaps I do not give you enough about strength training which, incidentally, is a key...
Exercise and Longevity Part 3

Exercise and Longevity Part 3

How important is physical fitness for longevity? The Copenhagen study of middle-aged men put figures to the expected years of life gained at different levels of fitness. More than 5,000 men aged around 50 had formal exercise testing. They were then followed up for 46...
Exercise and longevity Part 2

Exercise and longevity Part 2

Last week I talked about the connection between exercise “volume” and length of life. A bit more on this:  What sort of exercise? Aerobic exercise is more effective for prolonging life than muscle strengthening, but a combination of the two has the...