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...
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...
Encouraging exercise Part 2

Encouraging exercise Part 2

Last week I discussed the importance of starting young and also the role of the medical profession in promoting exercise. Sadly doctors do not encourage their patients to exercise enough and when they do their advice is seldom heeded! Other ideas The British Heart...
Encouraging exercise Part 1

Encouraging exercise Part 1

Encouraging Exercise  ‘If your dog is fat, you’re not getting enough exercise.’ Anon. Every study of exercise behaviour confirms that the level of physical activity in the population is lamentably low. The only question is just how low. When exercise performance...