‘This is timely and will be of special interest to health service managers and members of primary care groups because the successful promotion of regular physical activity is a challenge contained in the strategy of Our Healthier Nation and is a candidate for incorporation into health improvement programmes and the service framework for coronary heart disease’ — Health Service Journal This crisply written and thought-provoking book integrates theories and studies from several disciplines to examine what is known about physical activity and health.


Section Introduction

The purpose of this book is to review research and theory on physical activity and health, with an emphasis on integrating behavioral and physiological sciences. Appropriately for a book in a series on behavioral medicine, the facts and ideas we describe here are drawn from a number of research fields, particularly epidemiology, exercise physiology, and health psychology. So that the reader is clear about our approach from the beginning, we state two principles that guided the writing of this book. First, we want this book to contribute to improvements in public health. Physical inactivity is a mass phenomenon in industrialized nations, so our ultimate goal is to learn how to increase physical activity in entire populations as a way to improve public ...

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