Sitting Down: What’s the Problem?

There are many detrimental effects of sitting in addition to the physical inactivity itself, which has links to obesity, diabetes and so on. For example, when standing, the spine has a characteristic ‘s’ shape whereas sitting curves the spine into a ‘c’ shape, which compresses the discs between the vertebrae and can increase the risk… Read More

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Signal Interpolation & Analysis of Gait Variability

Research Paper Title Gait variability analysis through phase portrait estimated from the Hilbert transform. Abstract Gait variability has been used to evaluate the ability to control gait. Several studies approached this topic by analysing the influence of different conditions on gait variability, such as different walk speeds, inclined surfaces, load carriage, or comparing characteristics of… Read More

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

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

The Dangers of Poor Posture & Military-style Exercises to Combat Them

Research suggests that the average person spends around 12 hours a day sitting. This ‘sitting disease’ maligns health and is a leading global risk factor to mortality. In fact, millions die prematurely because of physical inactivity. While you sit comfortably on your couch watching your favourite Netflix series every night, or lounging in your executive… Read More

Is the Duration of Sedentary Episodes Is Associated With Risk for Death?

Research Paper Title Duration of Sedentary Episodes Is Associated With Risk for Death. Outline Spending more of our waking hours sedentary (for example, sitting and watching television) is associated with poorer markers of health and higher risk for death than spending more time engaged in physical activity (such as walking or playing sports). However, studies… Read More