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...
Guest Blog.  Build your own gym.

Guest Blog. Build your own gym.

Dear Reader My mission is to encourage everyone (except the small minority who need no such encouragement) to take more exercise. I avoid giving advice about what form of exercise to take because it is important that to choose something that you enjoy to decrease the...
Encouraging exercise Part 3

Encouraging exercise Part 3

Enhancing exercise by prescription Telling people to take exercise “for their own good” is largely ineffective unless it is part of a prescribed treatment regime – ie cardiac rehabilitation or pulmonary rehab. When exercise is...