LATEST RESEARCH

We’ve collated the latest research in the world of physical activity and exercise. Here you can find the latest news stories and scientific journals which have interesting findings in topics such as health, benefits of exercise, how to be active and much more.

Keep checking back to this page as posts are updated regularly, allowing you to keep on top of the latest developments in physical activity.

Latest research
Aims:
To determine if device-measured standing is associated with a lower risk of mortality.

Population:
5878 older adults, aged 63-97 years.

Findings:
Those that spent more time standing had a 37% lower risk of death, compared to those that didn't stand up as often.

Implications:
Standing is an effective and feasible method of interrupting sedentary time for older adults.
Aims:
To examine the effect of long-term (5 years) aerobic exercise on all cause mortality in older adults.

Population:
1567 older adults, aged 70-77 years.

Findings:
A yearly follow up of older adults that focuses on the importance of physical activity, can motivate them to be active.

Implications:
By asking physical activity-related questions, healthcare professionals can motivate older adults to focus more on their own physical activity levels.
Aims:
To determine if meeting the recommended PA guidelines had an impact on the mental status of older adults during the COVID-19 epidemic.

Population:
483 adults, aged 60-92 years.

Findings:
Older adults that met the recommended PA guidelines had higher resilience, positive affect and lower depressive symptoms.

Implications:
Those not meeting the recommended PA guidelines should increase their activity levels to help improve their mental health during the COVID-19 epidemic.
Aims:
To examine if a healthy-lifestyle intervention affects childhood cardiometabolic outcomes.

Population:
1555 obese women.

Findings:
The intervention was associated with improved cardiovascular function in the child at 3 years and an improvement in the mothers diet, 3 years following the intervention.

Implications:
Keeping active and maintaining a healthy diet during pregnancy can have positive health-related impacts on the mother and child, as far as 3 years after birth.
Aims:
To review current research to determine effects of a single exercise workout on learning and memory in young adults.

Population:
Young adults from 13 studies, aged 18-35.

Findings:
Moderate-high intensity aerobic exercise for 2min - 1 hr improved concentration, attention and memory and learning functioning for up to 2 hours.

Implications:
Even a short burst of moderate-high intensity exercise can help to temporarily improve memory and the ability to learn.
Aims:
To examine whether difference in exercise intensity is associated with long-term health, when compared with the total volume of activity.

Population:
>96,000.

Findings:
Higher-intensity exercise was associated with a reduced risk of death.
Adding the equivalent of 2 extra mins of brisk walking at the end of a daily 35-minute walk, could reduce the risk of an early death by ~21%.

Implications:
Increasing the intensity of exercise is positively associated with long-term health benefits.