‘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.

Physical Activity, Longevity, and Physical Health

Physical activity, longevity, and physical health

The first step in the behavioral epidemiology framework is to establish the link between physical activity and health. There is no doubt that this has been accomplished. If physical activity did not affect health profoundly, there would be little need for this book. Chapter 2 summarizes current scientific understanding of the effects of physical activity and inactivity on a variety of indicators of physical health. Our intent is to highlight key studies rather than provide an exhaustive review.

Physical Activity and Longevity

Studies of longevity help answer the question of whether physical activity adds years to life. The consistent answer for women and men is that physical activity substantially reduces the risk of dying in any ...

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