News & Insights 30 April 2021

April news update

Here at KiActiv®, we are constantly looking towards the latest research to innovate and progress our programmes. Being guided by the literature not only enables us to continue to adapt internally, but also helps us to highlight the ever-evolving benefits of everyday activity, ensuring that you can fully appreciate the positive impact that your increased activity is having on your health!

As a result, we have collated some of the most interesting, cutting-edge research pieces published in April 2021, with the hope that this will afford you a wider insight into everything from your general wellbeing and physical health, to your cognitive and mental health too.

  • Covid-19 & Mental Health: A new systematic review into the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on wellbeing highlights physical activity as one of the key interventions to mitigate the mental health burden many are currently facing, with a focus on web-based technologies to increase accessibility and motivation. You can read more here.
  • Covid-19 & Mental Health: Another recent study into the impact of physical activity on mental health during the pandemic, currently a very prevalent topic, looked in further detail into motivation. This highlighted the importance of psychological support to overcome perceived barriers to activity, particularly during stressful times such as these. The article can be accessed here.
  • General Health: This systematic review into the mortality risk associated with high levels of physical activity in the general population concluded that mortality risk was lower when physical activity levels were well above the recommended target range. You can read the full article here.
  • Covid-19 & Physical Inactivity: This study compared the hospitalisation rates, intensive care unit admissions and mortality for Covid-19 patients that were classified as inactive, undertaking some activity or meeting activity guidelines. Full access to the article can be found here.
  • Hypertension: A study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine considered the association between level and change in physical activity across the adult life course and the onset of hypertension. Further information on the study can be found here.

The KiActiv® Team