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.  


Physical activity and health

23 July 2015

The contribution of physical activity to good health and quality of life has been known for centuries. The ancient philosopher Plato noted: “Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it”.


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...


Highlights from the 21st European Congress on Obesity 2014

19 December 2014

In May 2014, the 21st European Congress on Obesity (ECO), hosted by the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO), took place in Sofia, Bulgaria. Obesity is one of the fastest developing public health problems of our time...


‘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...


Highlights from the 20th European Congress on Obesity 2013

10 January 2014

In May 2013, the 20th European Congress on Obesity, hosted by the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO), took place in Liverpool. With the prevalence of obesity still on the rise, the objectives of this annual forum...


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...


Barriers to adolescent enjoyment of and participation in physical activity

12 November 2012

Physical activity is beneficial for both physical and mental health. Despite opportunities both at and outside of school, many adolescents are not participating in regular physical activity. Some of the reasons for a lack of physical activity...


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...


A life less sedentary

06 July 2012

We know that being physically active is good for us. It works our muscles, heart, and lungs, helps us feel better, and reduces the risk of disease. These benefits not only arise from regular exercise, but also from keeping your body moving throughout the day.


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...