Should GP’s Prescribe Golf?

General Practitioner’s (GP’s) and health professionals are being urged to refer older and inactive patients for golf lessons, after a new report showed that golf builds muscle strength and “improves life satisfaction”. The Golf on Referral report by England Golf, ukactive and Mytime Active, studied two pilots that saw patients referred for a six-week behaviour change and golf lesson programme.… Read More

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Outlining the Role of Physical Fitness in Mortality among Men with Type 2 Diabetes

Research Paper Title Combating Sloth as Well as Gluttony: The Role of Physical Fitness in Mortality among Men with Type 2 Diabetes. Introduction In this issue, Wei and associates report the results of their survey of 1,263 men with type 2 diabetes who self-reported their physical activity and were evaluated for physical fitness and cardiovascular… Read More

Highlighting the Association between Low Cardiorespiratory Fitness & Physical Inactivity as Predictors of Mortality in Men with Type 2 Diabetes

Research Paper Title Low Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Physical Inactivity as Predictors of Mortality in Men with Type 2 Diabetes. Background Although physical activity is recommended as a basic treatment for patients with diabetes, its long-term association with mortality in these patients is unknown. Objective To evaluate the association of low cardiorespiratory fitness and physical inactivity… Read More

Examining Patterns of Sedentary Behaviour & Mortality in US Middle-Aged & Older Adults

Research Paper Title Patterns of Sedentary Behavior and Mortality in U.S. Middle-Aged and Older Adults: A National Cohort Study. Background Excessive sedentary time is ubiquitous in Western societies. Previous studies have relied on self-reporting to evaluate the total volume of sedentary time as a prognostic risk factor for mortality and have not examined whether the… Read More

Does Wearing Combat Boots Cause Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar Fasciitis & Combat Boots A common search phrase regarding plantar fasciitis is whether it can be caused by wearing combat boots. The Simple Answer No, not directly. The Longer Answer The general consensus has moved away from inflammation as the cause to microtears in the origin of the plantar fascia, leading to inflammation. With… Read More

Do You Have a Big Heart?

“Because the heart size of a healthy person is dependent on body weight, the ratio of heart volume (kg) to body weight was determined. The normal values for untrained males and females were 11.7 ± 0.19 and 9.7 ± 0.15, respectively. In contrast, elite athletes engaged in endurance sports reached values of 18 to 20 (114) [Reindell, Koenig… Read More

Workplace Fitness: Climbing the Ladder

If you like your workplace ‘edgy’, the latest trend to hit the east coast of the US is for you. Brooklyn Boulders (BKB) runs shared working spaces combined with gyms: desks are fitted with heave bars and fitness equipment, and there is even an entire rock climbing centre between the rows of workstations. “I’ll be… Read More