LONGEVITY Part 1

LONGEVITY Part 1

This is the bottom line – how long you live. As I have banged on about in the previous blogs, I regard  healthspan as more important that lifespan, but no-one want to die sooner than necessary. As the old question goes – “who wants to live to be 90?”...
FRAILTY PART 4

FRAILTY PART 4

Healthspan The desirability of decreasing the period of dependency at the end of life cannot be overstated. We are living longer but as our lives extend so also do the years of end-of-life illness and dependency. These are the characteristic of frailty. We should...
FRAILTY PART 3

FRAILTY PART 3

Age and Physical fitness Cardiorespiratory fitness increases through childhood to reach its peak by late teens to early twenties. But once you have a sitting down job it starts to decline and does so steadily over the next few decades – by between 1 and 2% a...
FRAILTY PART 2

FRAILTY PART 2

Frailty and Physical Fitness Several surveys have highlighted the low level of fitness in the general population and all confirm the progressive reduction which occurs with increasing age. However physical capacity becomes increasingly important as age increases. For...
EXERCISE AND DISEASE

EXERCISE AND DISEASE

It is time to talk about the health-giving properties of regular exercise and of high levels of cardio-respiratory fitness. Today’s post is an introduction to the idea that your long term health depends upon avoiding the degenerative diseases of later life which...
RUNNING, DISEASE AND MORTALITY

RUNNING, DISEASE AND MORTALITY

I try to be a bit topical in these blogs, writing about recent publications, studies and reports on exercise related subjects. I aim not to give recommendations for particular types of exercise or physical activity but today my latter aim is in conflict with the...