The Origin of 10,000 Steps

The 10,000 steps per day challenge – championed by the NHS, 10,000 Steps Australia, and Steptember – has its origins in a 1960’s marketing campaign in Japan. In the run-up to the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, a company came up with a device which they started marketing to the health-conscious. It was called a Manpo-Kei, which… Read More

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Encouraging Physical Activity: 10,000 Steps & Smartphones

Despite the overwhelmingly positive relationship between physical activity and health outcomes, research from the British Heart Foundation (BHF, 2017) shows that around 39% of UK adults are failing to meet Government recommendations for physical activity. This means that a staggering 20 million Britons do not make exercise an important part of their lifestyles. According to… Read More

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

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