SEDENTARY BEHAVIOUR Part 1

SEDENTARY BEHAVIOUR Part 1

What’s that? Sedentary behaviour is any time spent primarily sitting or lying down and which involves expenditure of 1.5 metabolic equivalents (METs) or less. Examples are sitting, watching television, playing video games, and using a computer.  Too much sitting...
LONGEVITY part 2

LONGEVITY part 2

I indicated last week that lifelong exercisers live longer than their more sedentary friends.  Is it ever too late to start? The answer is a qualified no because the effect on longevity takes a while to kick in. It probably takes several years of high levels of activity to increase your lifespan.

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 than lifespan, but no-one wants to die sooner than necessary. As the old question goes – “who wants to live to be 90?” The answer is “someone aged 89.”

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...
DOGS AS EXERCISE MACHINES

DOGS AS EXERCISE MACHINES

One commentator on my first Blog (on high blood pressure) recounted the good effects of dog walking on his own blood pressure. Now his observations have been ratified by two studies reported in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. Dogs and mortality...