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...
PHYSICAL FITNESS, FATNESS AND LIFESPAN

PHYSICAL FITNESS, FATNESS AND LIFESPAN

As I said in my previous Blog – “What is physical fitness?” – a recent Mayo Clinic Proceedings editorial discusses the importance of physical fitness and longevity and concludes that high levels of fitness increase lifespan regardless of levels of adiposity1....
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND LIFE EXPECTANCY

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND LIFE EXPECTANCY

The relationship between how much you do and how long you live is important for all of us. More light has been thrown on this subject by a paper just published in the British Medical Journal. The authors analysed a number of studies with a total of more than 36,000...
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,...