EXERCISE, FITNESS AND DISEASE

EXERCISE, FITNESS AND DISEASE

Better to hunt in fields, for health unbought, Than fee the doctor for a nauseous draught, The wise, for cure, on exercise depend; God never made his work for man to mend. ~John Dryden 1700 The whys and wherefores of exercise For the past few months I have written...
AND HOW FIT ARE YOU?

AND HOW FIT ARE YOU?

The Allied Dunbar National Fitness Survey The first attempt to assess the nation’s physical fitness was published 1990 – The Allied Dunbar National Fitness Survey (ADNFS). The ADNFS was conducted in a representative sample of English adults aged 16 to 96 years,...
HOW MUCH EXERCISE DO YOU TAKE?

HOW MUCH EXERCISE DO YOU TAKE?

How much exercise do we take? There are a number of answers to this question depending upon who is making the estimate and how they have measured it. Some of the regular surveys which assess physical activity in the population include the Health Survey for England...
How much exercise?

How much exercise?

So how much exercise should you take? The effectiveness of exercise is proportional to its intensity and total dose. From what I said last week, you would be right to presume that optimal exercising should be about 30 to 40 minutes of exercise three or four times per...
How often, how hard, how long?

How often, how hard, how long?

How much exercise do we need? Here’s a quick guide – more or less applicable to any endurance exercise. The following graphs indicate the frequency, intensity and duration needed to increase your aerobic capacity – your cardiorespiratory fitness. These are sometimes...
The meaning of your VO2max

The meaning of your VO2max

Your VO2max Last week I explained how you could measure your own fitness level as your VO2max. Since you are not actually measuring the amount of oxygen you are absorbing from breathing, the figure is your “predicted VO2max” – but it is reasonably...