So twice within a month I am going to post about the same thing and yes you’ve guessed it its exercise. The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) have released their latest themed review looking at physical activity today.
Their report brings together recent evidence on ways to influence physical activity behaviours in individuals and populations. It focuses on studies funded by NIHR so it is not a comprehensive review. However this is a UK organisation and its research conducted in the UK aims to raise awareness of their collective findings and relate to them to a broader body of research relevant to this country. The breadth of their work is also quite impressive when you consider that the report covers Early Years, Children of Primary School Years, Adults, Older Adults, Workplace Changes, and Changes to the Built and Natural Environments.
What is says about older adults is quite revealing. The review states that
“We don’t know enough from the research about the kind and intensity of intervention which works best, but qualitative evidence suggest the importance of social aspects of exercise, and reassurance around safety and health beliefs. More effort needs to be directed at certain groups most likely to benefit and least likely to take part in initiatives, including those with lower starting fitness and health problems or with weaker social networks.”
Time for health professionals to take heed and focus on these groups then.
To read the report online or download a copy go to: http://bit.ly/2Nm8LGD
I promise that next week I’ll look at something else!