WHAT TYPE OF EXERCISE?

WHAT TYPE OF EXERCISE?

Aerobic or isometric? Nearly all exercise involves a mixture of aerobic and isometric effort though one or the other usually predominates. Most gym fitness training programmes use a mixture.  The recommendations of the Department of Health were updated in 2005 to...
BEFORE AND AFTER EXERCISE

BEFORE AND AFTER EXERCISE

Warming up  For any exercise you are advised to warm up before starting – for anything from a few minutes to half an hour. This is received wisdom for exercise professionals and if you take part in an supervised exercise class the warm up is an integral part of the...
MUSCLES AND EXERCISE

MUSCLES AND EXERCISE

Exercise and physical activity: I have a few more thoughts about the subdivisions of physical activity, stimulated by an article in the International Journal of Cardiovascular Health – and with a title like that you have to pay attention. Their suggestion is...
EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

This Blog is all about exercise and physical activity – what it is, what it does to you, how is it measured and most of all what benefits it brings you. This is not a Blog about particular types of exercise. You will not learn about different exercise regimes, what...
FRAILTY PART 1

FRAILTY PART 1

The genesis of Frailty For the past six months I have been writing about all the degenerative diseases which assail us as the years go by. These are the Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) which wear us down and, if they don’t kill us by then, lead to FRAILTY...
PARKINSON’S DISEASE

PARKINSON’S DISEASE

What is Parkinson’s disease? Parkinson’s disease (PD) was originally described as “the shaking palsy” by James Parkinson in 1817. The main features are stiffness, a fixed facial expression, difficulty with movements and a characteristic so-called “pill...