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...
DOCTORS AND EXERCISE

DOCTORS AND EXERCISE

When, in the 1960s, the information about the ill effects of smoking became known, the medical profession was the first group to show any reduction in tobacco use. This was probably the result of self preservation rather than trying to set a good example. Still, it...
PREVENTING FRAILTY

PREVENTING FRAILTY

Frailty and physical fitness Frailty is mainly the result of an accumulation of long-term physical inactivity and one or more of the degenerative diseases associated with ageing. These are all promoted by lack of exercise and thus the main risk factor for the...
HEALTHSPAN VERSUS LIFESPAN

HEALTHSPAN VERSUS LIFESPAN

The Government has recently published its Green Paper: “Advancing our health: Prevention in the 2020s – consultation document.” The Green Paper has already been fairly extensively criticised for failing to tackle such problems as the root causes of ill health,...