Dave’s Blog

Physical activity and older adults

Posted: 15th Nov, 2016 by Dave Lee

The World Health Organisation has identified physical inactivity as the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality. Although by no means limited to older adults, a decline in physical activity is associated with aging. There are currently 11.4 million people aged 65 or over in the UK and life expectancy is predicted to continue to […]

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The fun (and fear) of children’s sports

Posted: 21st Mar, 2016 by Dave Lee

I was very interested in the recent article published in The Telegraph regarding the Education Secretary’s comments about ‘banning children’ from playing sport. You can read the article here. Nicky Morgan states that playing games and participating in sport can help to develop children’s character traits that they need to succeed in life. She accuses […]

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Campaigning for healthier lifestyles

Posted: 9th Mar, 2016 by Dave Lee

Earlier this week, Public Health England launched their new campaign called ‘One You’, aiming to address preventable disease in adults. They state that over 40% of all deaths in England are related to people’s health behaviours and lifestyle choices, to include inactivity, poor diet, smoking, alcohol consumption, poor sleeping habits and stress. They add that […]

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Sugar content in hot drinks

Posted: 19th Feb, 2016 by Dave Lee

As a self-confessed coffee addict, I read the BBC article entitled “’Shocking’ sugar levels in High Street hot drinks, warns charity” (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-35593007 ) with some trepidation. This article highlights the exceptionally high sugar content of many drinks sold in popular High Street cafes. I must admit to being very shocked at the claim that 98% […]

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Our hypokinetic society

Posted: 9th Dec, 2015 by Dave Lee

In our modern world, we have a multiplicity of technological gadgets, gizmos, and labour-saving devices; we no longer have to go outside and hunt for or grow our food (we can get it now without even leaving the house). As a result, many of us now spend a significant amount of our time sitting down […]

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Physical activity guidelines in the UK

Posted: 22nd Nov, 2015 by Dave Lee

Do you know the UK’s national guidelines on the amount and type of physical activity we should all be aiming to achieve? As fitness professionals we should be able to recount these verbatim – they tell us what we should be targeting with our clients and participants, and what advice and support we could possibly […]

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