Physical activity

Physical activity

Physical activity is defined as any bodily movement, produced by skeletal muscles, that requires energy. The contribution of physical activity to good health and quality of life has been known for centuries. It is a health promotion priority interlinking with weight management and can have both a preventive and therapeutic effect across several diseases and conditions.


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Physical activity: are you a weekend warrior?

22 February 2017

Researchers from Loughborough University (UK) studied the link between different patterns of physical activity and death risk. They asked people about the frequency, duration, and intensity of their activities, and concluded that even a little bit of physical activity reduces the risk of dying prematurely. Compared to inactive people, the ‘weekend warriors’, who meet the weekly physical activity recommendations in just one or two sessions, have about a 30% risk reduction.


Tips for a healthier you (Video)

26 January 2017

Changing behaviour towards a healthier lifestyle is something we all can do! Check out these tips and use what works best for you.  


An increase in physical activity may reduce mortality risk in inactive people

08 April 2015

Researchers from the EPIC study (European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition) found that an increase in physical activity (PA) reduced the risk of mortality, particularly when comparing inactive people with...


‘Eurobarometer’ survey highlights the challenges of getting Europeans active

17 June 2014

Physical activity facilitates good health, weight management and prevention of chronic diseases. It is recognised as beneficial to social, emotional and cognitive states. To support and inform European health promotion policy...


Beneficial effects of exercise after morning breakfast on our mental performance and mood

03 September 2013

A recent study by a research team from the Brain, Performance and Nutrition Research Centre of Northumbria University, UK, published in the international peer-reviewed journal Appetite, examined the interactions of breakfast...


Reducing sedentary behaviours may lead to decrease in BMI

16 August 2012

Interventions effective at reducing sedentary behaviour may also decrease Body Mass Index (BMI) in children and adolescents according to a meta-analysis by researchers from the University Medical Centre in Rotterdam, The Netherlands...


Link found between inactivity and poor child health

17 February 2012

Time spent being inactive (particularly TV viewing) is linked to unfavourable health outcomes, according to a systematic review. The review, published by researchers from the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute...


Physical activity and safety concerns

31 May 2009

Physical activity is part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle as it helps individuals to maintain a healthy weight, is beneficial for bone and muscle health, helps with psychological well-being and reduces the risk of certain diseases including...