Academic News, Fitness News

Exercise not drugs for lower back pain

Back pain is a common complaint, affecting one in six people at any given time, pain in the lower back (lumbago) is particularly common.

The pain often disappears within a few weeks. However, for many, it persists, leading to people seeking advice from their GPs. Patients are advised by the NHS to stay as active as possible, try exercises and stretches, take anti-inflammatory painkillers and use hot or cold compression packs for short-term relief. Continue reading

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The essential text for strength and conditioning professionals and students

Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning 4th EditionEssentials of Strength Training and Conditioning is the essential text for strength and conditioning professionals and students.

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Fitness News

Stored fat actively fights attempts to lose weight

New research published in the journal Nature Communication suggests the fatter we are, the more our body appears to produce a protein that inhibits our ability to burn fat.

The findings may have implications for the treatment of obesity and other metabolic diseases.

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“Exercise in a bottle” could make physical activity unnecessary says new research

Drugs that mimic the benefits of exercise could soon become a reality thanks to breakthrough research from the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre.

Published in the journal Cell Metabolism, the research exposed a thousand molecular changes that occur in our muscles when we exercise, providing the world’s first comprehensive exercise blueprint.

“Exercise is the most powerful therapy for many human diseases, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and neurological disorders,” said Professor David James the head of the research group that undertook the study.

“However, for many people, exercise isn’t a viable treatment option. This means it is essential we find ways of developing drugs that mimic the benefits of exercise.”

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Getting active after a cancer diagnosis may extend life

For people diagnosed with cancer, the risk of cancer death falls as physical activity rises, according to a new analysis of more than 70 existing studies.

Researchers writing in the British Journal of Sports Medicine concluded the current World Health Organization (WHO) recommendation of moderate physical activity to combat the risk of chronic disease is correct.

The WHO recommends two and a half hours of moderate exercise per week for some health benefit and five hours of moderate exercise per week for additional benefit.

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Exercise in early teens can prevent help diabetes in adulthood

Carrying out exercise during the early teenage years could reduce a child’s risk of developing diabetes later in life, according to a study led by the University of Exeter.

The research, published in the journal Diabetologia, found that physical activity provides the greatest benefits to adolescent insulin resistance, a condition which leads to high blood sugar and is a precursor to type 2 diabetes.

But researchers also found that while exercise made a difference at age 13, it made no impact on insulin resistance by the age of 16.

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Events, Fitness News

Major operators sign up to provide free National Fitness Day sessions

Fitness Day RunnersMany leading fitness industry operators have already signed up to offer free health and fitness sessions across their sites as part of the most active day of the year on National Fitness Day.

On Wednesday September 9th there will be free health and fitness sessions available to the public, members and non-members alike, to get thousands of people moving and taking part in the year’s biggest celebration of physical activity.

With over 800 sites already registered, this event is seen as the sector’s chance to showcase the great work being done every day as well as a way to engage potential new members and do something different for existing members.

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Take part in the European Week of Sport

The first ever European Week of Sport will be held in September as part of plans to combat the decline in physical activity across the continent.

Taking place from 7-13 September, the initiative is being driven by the European Commission (EC) and will be organised at national, regional and local level and is structured to include themes and activities that appeal to all audiences.

The EC is encouraging clubs, gyms, schools, universities, employers and volunteer groups to register and take part by organising their own European Week of Sport-themed activities – intended to attract people who are currently inactive.

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