New Year’s Resolutions…

Happy New Year. OK, so today is the day when people make symbolic gestures to make a difference in their lives; aka New Year’s Resolutions. One of these gestures typically involves ‘improving my fitness’, and as a result there is a surge of ‘new members’ to the myriad of fitness providers during the month of… Read More

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Two Hours, Standing & Heart Health

Standing rather than sitting for two hours a day may have a positive effect on biochemical risk markers, including fasting blood glucose and lipid profile, a cross sectional study has shown (Healy et al., 2015). The participants were 698 Australian adults who wore activity monitors that judged posture and movement, for as long as seven… Read More

Are Diet & Exercise Effective in Prevention?

Programmes that promote dietary change and physical activity are effective in reducing the likelihood that people at risk of developing type 2 diabetes will do so, say new recommendations from the US Community Preventive Services Task Force (Pronk & Remington, 2015). The task force arrived at its recommendations after a systematic review of 53 studies… Read More

Physical Activity & Predictors of Risk of Disability: Any Connection?

Research Paper Title Relation of Physical Activity Time to Incident Disability in Community Dwelling Adults With or At Risk of Knee Arthritis: Prospective Cohort Study. Study Question Is objectively measured time spent in light physical activity related to incident disability independent of moderate-vigorous activity time and other predictors of risk of disability in adults with… Read More

Hard Math: Adding Up Just How Little We Actually Move

Read this interesting article by Sumathi Reddy from the Wall Street Journal Online: Hard Math: Adding Up Just How Little We Actually Move Reference Reddy, S. (2013) Hard Math: Adding Up Just How Little We Actually Move. Available from World Wide Web: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424127887324096404578354590581579014?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424127887324096404578354590581579014.html. [Accessed: 03 February, 2014].

Infancy: Weight Gain & Physical Activity

Research Paper Title Infancy and Childhood Growth and Physical Activity in Adolescence: Prospective Birth Cohort Study from Brazil. Background The Developmental Origins of Health and Disease hypothesis suggests that intrauterine, infancy and early childhood variables play a key role at programming later health. However, little is known on the programming of behavioural variables, because most… Read More