PERIPHERAL VASCULAR DISEASE

PERIPHERAL VASCULAR DISEASE

Atheroma and Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) The cause of PVD Atheroma – popularly known as “hardening of the arteries” – can involve any part of the vascular tree. The most important ill effects of atheroma involve the heart (heart attacks)...
MORE ABOUT EXERCISE IN THE TIME OF CORONA

MORE ABOUT EXERCISE IN THE TIME OF CORONA

A bit more about the use and effects of exercise in these dire times. It seems frivolous to consider anything other than the pandemic at the moment. I usually refrain from recommending any particular form of exercise and only comment on specific types of activity if...
MEASURE YOUR OWN PHYSICAL FITNESS Part 2

MEASURE YOUR OWN PHYSICAL FITNESS Part 2

A Walk Test For older, less fit people and those with heart or lung diseases the six minute walk (6MWT) is often used and has  been shown to give an acceptable prediction of VO2max. The procedure is much the same as the Cooper test which I described last week but for...
MEASURE YOUR OWN FITNESS LEVEL

MEASURE YOUR OWN FITNESS LEVEL

Why would you want to? You might be interested to see how you compare with your fellow citizens. Considering the deplorably low fitness level of the population you would wish to see your fitness well above average for your age and sex. It might also be interesting and...
MEASURING PHYSICAL FITNESS

MEASURING PHYSICAL FITNESS

I will start with how the professionals do it – in my next blog I will be telling you how to measure your own fitness level for yourself. Let me repeat that the best measure of physical fitness or cardio-respiratory fitness  or aerobic capacity is the maximal oxygen...
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...