Entries by Tommy

Everyday physical activity is a powerful medicine for older adults with heart disease

A new scientific statement from the American Heart Association, published in the peer-reviewed journal Circulation, champions everyday physical activity for older adults with heart disease. Simply by improving their everyday physical activity, older adults with heart disease can experience benefits to their heart health, as well as greater independence and quality of life, even in […]

Make 2017 the year you stick to your physical activity resolution

For many of us, the start of a new year signals the beginning of a new exercise regimen and, whilst we all start out with the best of intentions, very few of us stick to our resolutions past mid-January. And this pattern gets repeated year after year. It’s time to take a new approach and […]

Exercise Referral Schemes for may not be the answer to the obesity crisis

Despite being widespread in the UK as a popular way of promoting physical activity in primary care, it is questionable whether Exercise Referral Schemes actually work. Their effectiveness and cost effectiveness have been called into question in systematic reviews (Campbell et al., 2015; Pavey et al., 2011). These uncertainties have been acknowledged by NICE in their most […]

Data loses its value if it doesn’t have any context

Activity trackers probably won’t make you healthier and may not help you lose weight, studies suggest. But, before you ditch your activity tracker, read what we have to say – it might make you think twice. A 12-month study, published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, randomly assigned 800 full-time workers aged 21 to 65 […]

Physical Activity – The Miracle Drug

Physical activity is great for our health. We keep hearing this mantra, the evidence is overwhelming and yet we are in the midst of an inactivity epidemic! A vast number of people are suffering from preventable conditions and, most of the time and in most cases, are being treated with drugs that don’t work well. […]

Is Pokémon Go the answer to the inactivity crisis?

Pokémon Go has rapidly become a global phenomenon and it’s having a really positive side effect for some users – making them move more, thanks to the need for players to walk around in the real world in the hunt for Pokémon (you’ve #gottacatchemall). Moving is crucial to the game – you need to move a prescribed distance to hatch any […]

The Lancet calls for the world to get serious about physical activity

Ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the second Lancet Series on physical activity has been launched, providing a stark warning of the staggering human and financial cost of physical inactivity, and the limited progress that’s been made in the 4-years since the London 2012 Olympics. By far the most publicised finding across the 4-paper […]

Why you should aim to do 1000-minutes of physical activity a week if you’re using an activity monitor

Huge numbers of people are choosing to use new technologies to track their physical activity in an effort to meet the 150-minutes per week of physical activity at a moderate-to-vigorous intensity the government recommend. But, many are being lead to believe that they vastly exceed these recommendations, when, in fact, they aren’t doing enough activity to […]