Complications of exercise Part 4

Complications of exercise Part 4

This is the last blog in this series of about the problems which can result from exercise – but I emphasise that the side effects of exercise are much less serious than the side effects of not taking exercise. Stress fractures These are small cracks in the bone,...
Complications of exercise Part 3

Complications of exercise Part 3

 Musculoskeletal injuries – with moderate activity Physically very active adults (not necessarily older adults) tend to experience a higher incidence of leisure-time and sport-related injuries than their less active counterparts. However, healthy adults who meet...
Complications of exercise Part 2

Complications of exercise Part 2

Last week I talked about the risk of sudden death during exercise. Though well known, this is an extremely rare complication of exercise – it is far more common in non-exercisers than in exercisers. Exercise is very safe. Indeed it is much safer to be an...
Complications of exercise Part 1

Complications of exercise Part 1

Complications of Exercise ‘The only exercise I take is acting as pall-bearer to my friends who have indulged in strenuous exercise!’ Mark Twain Despite Mark Twain’s jaundiced view, exercise is extremely safe. Even strenuous and prolonged exercise rarely produces...
Sedentary Behaviour Part 2

Sedentary Behaviour Part 2

Last week I reminded you that we all spend far too much time sitting about – and this is dangerous in its own right. Here’s why: The harmful effects of too much sitting The risk of death increases for any sedentary time greater than 7 hours a day. One...
Sedentary behaviour Part 1

Sedentary behaviour Part 1

  ‘My idea of exercise is a good brisk sit.’ Phyllis Diller What is Sedentary Behaviour Sedentary behaviour is any time spent primarily sitting or lying down and which involves expenditure of 1.5 metabolic equivalents (METs) or less (one MET is the amount of...