News & Insights 30 August 2021

August 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 this month to afford you a wider insight into everything from your general wellbeing and physical health, to your cognitive and mental health too.

  • Covid-19 & Inactivity: The Covid-19 lockdown has caused an increase in sedentary behaviour with negative consequences. Research at BMC Public Health believe that Digital Remote Media Training can be used to promote physical activity. Digital Remote Media Training involves using online apps or videos for guidance and support about being physically active, making it accessible to everyone. You can read more about this here.
  • Mental Health: An online survey conducted for the Journal of sports Sciences for Health has found that sitting time is strongly associated with poor mental health, especially during the Covid-19 lockdown. Participants with lower sedentary time and higher physical activity levels presented with significantly lower levels of depression. Full access to the study can be found here.
  • Physical Activity for the Heart: Atrial fibrillation is a heart rhythm disorder that makes the heart beat fast and irregularly. A six-month physical activity programme can maintain a normal heart rhythm and reduce the severity of symptoms for those suffering with atrial fibrillation, reducing the need for medication and treatments. These findings were presented at a recent European Society of Cardiology Congress. You can read more here.
  • Physical Activity Offsets Poor Sleep: WebMD Health news presented that engaging in or exceeding the weekly recommended amount of physical activity may offset serious health risks associated with poor sleep, following a study published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Poor sleep is associated with conditions such as strokes and coronary heart disease, the majority of which being physically active can lower the risk of. Further information on the study can be found here.
  • Sleep Apnoea: Researchers at the European Respiratory Journal published a paper concluding that low physical activity and high sedentary time may contribute to development of sleep apnoea, which is a sleep disorder that causes breathing to stop and start . You can find an overview of this paper here.

The KiActiv® Team