EXERCISE INTENSITY

EXERCISE INTENSITY

To derive health benefits the national guidelines recommend using exercise to burn about 1,000 Calories per week.  For weight loss and even greater health benefits an expenditure of 2,000 Calories per week is suggested. This is equivalent to about 1600 MET minutes per...
MEASURING EXERCISE DOSE

MEASURING EXERCISE DOSE

 Why measure exercise dose? You might wonder why it is helpful to regard exercise as a “dose” let alone measure it. Two reasons pop into my mind: Because of its widespread health benefits, exercise can be equated to medication. How big a dose is needed to help weight...
MORE ABOUT MUSCLES

MORE ABOUT MUSCLES

  There are two broad categories of exercise. Dynamic or isotonic exercise is that which uses the regular, purposeful movement of joints and large muscle groups, particularly their Type I fibres. Isometric exercise, on the other hand, involves static contraction...
EXERCISE AND MUSCLES

EXERCISE AND MUSCLES

The muscles are the body’s engines – all movement depends on muscular contraction and relaxation. The joints and limbs are powered by muscular contraction and the physiology of muscle action is both beautiful and elegant.   Muscle function The muscles of movement are...
EXERCISE – BACK TO FIRST PRINCIPLES

EXERCISE – BACK TO FIRST PRINCIPLES

So far, dear Reader, I have been a bit haphazard in the selection of the exercise based subjects which I have addressed in this Blog. I have tried to be topical which may be confusing. So for 2020 I will have bit of structure, starting at the beginning – what is...
NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS

NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS

Yes, you guessed it. Take more exercise.. It is the time to make those resolutions which will hit the fan almost as soon as they are made. This particular resolution takes a few days to be achievable so may appear to last longer (think fags or alcohol). Who needs more...