ENCOURAGING EXERCISE Part 1

ENCOURAGING EXERCISE Part 1

Every study which has been performed confirms that the level of exercise taking in the population is lamentably low. The only question is just how low. When exercise performance is estimated from questionnaires the level does not look too bad. In the 2012 HSE report, 34 percent of men and 24 percent of women aged 16 and over met the government guidelines.

HAPPY NEW YEAR

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Now is the accepted time to make your annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving the road to hell with them as usual.   Mark Twain

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...