News & Insights 31 May 2021

May 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 May 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.

  • Obesity & Cognitive Health: A new study published in the Neurobiology of Ageing Journal investigated the association between obesity and cerebral blood flow, an early mechanism in vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The study suggested that physical activity could mitigate these negative effects of obesity in an older population. You can read more here.
  • COPD & Physical Activity: A recent systematic review into the impact of exacerbations and associated hospitalisations on the burden of COPD reiterated the importance of active management of the condition. It encouraged appropriate use of non-pharmacological therapies including physical activity to help lessen this burden. The article can be accessed here.
  • Sedentary Time: An article published in The Conversation focussed on the importance of limiting our sedentary time, particularly for those living with type 2 diabetes. It discussed the relationship between sitting less and benefitting key markers of health such as blood sugar levels. You can read the full article here.
  • Multi-dimensional Physical Activity: This study examined the associations between the daily time spent in various intensities of physical activity, including sedentary time, and the impact of this on all-cause mortality. It highlighted that, whilst sleep was not a significant factor, moderate to vigorous activity had the strongest association. Full access to the article can be found here.
  • Cognitive Health: A study into the association between cognitive performance and various measures of cardiac health helps to inform our understanding of potential mechanisms and encourages further work into the underlying mechanisms of this relationship. Further information on the study can be found here.

The KiActiv® Team