Physical activity and health: "what is old is new again"

Hills, Andrew P., Street, Steven J. and Byrne, Nuala M. (2015). Physical activity and health: "what is old is new again". In Advances in Food and Nutrition Research (pp. 77-95) Maryland Heights, MO, United States: Academic Press. doi:10.1016/bs.afnr.2015.06.001

Author Hills, Andrew P.
Street, Steven J.
Byrne, Nuala M.
Title of chapter Physical activity and health: "what is old is new again"
Title of book Advances in Food and Nutrition Research
Place of Publication Maryland Heights, MO, United States
Publisher Academic Press
Publication Year 2015
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.1016/bs.afnr.2015.06.001
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
ISBN 9780128022276
ISSN 2213-6797
Volume number 75
Chapter number 3
Start page 77
End page 95
Total pages 19
Total chapters 4
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Much recent interest has focused on the relationship between physical activity and health and supported with an abundance of scientific evidence. However, the concept of Exercise is Medicine™ copromoted by the American College of Sports Medicine and American Medical Association and similar august bodies worldwide is far from new—the importance of exercise for health has been reported for centuries. Participation in regular physical activity and exercise provides numerous benefits for health with such benefits typically varying according to the volume completed as reflected by intensity, duration, and frequency. Evidence suggests a dose–response relationship such that being active, even to a modest level, is preferable to being inactive or sedentary. Greatest benefits are commonly associated with the previously sedentary individual assuming a more active lifestyle. There is an apparent linear relationship between physical activity and health status and as a general rule, increases in physical activity and fitness result in additional improvements in health status. This narrative review provides a selective appraisal of the evidence for the importance of physical activity for health, commencing with a baseline historical perspective followed by a summary of key health benefits associated with an active lifestyle.
Keyword Exercise
Nutrition transition
Physical activity transition
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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