Four things you should know before starting that exercise regime

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Is exercise bad for you? Following on from my public engagement event at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2016 I was asked to write an article for The Conversation on the benefits and challenges of exercise.

The debate about how much is the right amount of exercise can seem never-ending. The minimum recommendation in the UK is 30 minutes of “moderate” exercise five times per week, not that most adults are meeting it. Some health specialists think alternative regimes will do us more good, such as shorter bouts of very intense exercise three to four times a week; or limiting periods of inactivity to a maximum of 60 minutes at any one time.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 16 Aug 2016

Bibliographical note

Derek Ball receives funding from Medical Research Scotland.


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  • Health
  • Injury


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