Friday, January 08, 2010

Fitness: the latest data

New Scientist reports: [edited]

Does an activity have to get you out of breath to count as exercise? Do you really have to do half-an-hour a day? Is pumping iron a good way to keep your heart healthy? These are just some of the dilemmas many of us face when working out the best way to get fit.

The good news is scientists do broadly agree on the best ways to get fit, they just haven't been very good at telling us what they've discovered.

Whether because of a lack of information, or because some of us are just plain lazy, most of us don't do enough exercise. One recent survey in the UK found that only a third of adults meet the recommended goals for physical activity.

So how should you go about getting fit? Over the next nine articles, we have set out the latest evidence and exploded some myths along the way. Read on, and you can decide for yourself.

1. What counts as exercise?

2. How much, and how often?

3. How do you know if you're getting fit?

4. Is pumping iron really necessary?

5. Can jogging kill you?

6. Is getting fit easier for some people?

7. Can you be fat and fit?

8 Do you need to 'push fluids'?

9. What if you get injured?

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