Encouraging exercise Part 3

Encouraging exercise Part 3

Enhancing exercise by prescription Telling people to take exercise “for their own good” is largely ineffective unless it is part of a prescribed treatment regime – ie cardiac rehabilitation or pulmonary rehab. When exercise is...
Encouraging exercise Part 2

Encouraging exercise Part 2

Last week I discussed the importance of starting young and also the role of the medical profession in promoting exercise. Sadly doctors do not encourage their patients to exercise enough and when they do their advice is seldom heeded! Other ideas The British Heart...
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...
Fitness Awareness for Children

Fitness Awareness for Children

For a long and healthy life, starting young is really important. If when you reach your twenties, thirties or forties you are overweight and unfit, the struggle to attain normal weight and a high level of physical fitness is so hard. The tendency is to go on getting...