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Bone Health & Exercise

I recently downloaded a PDF  ‘Osteoporosis and You’ from the Osteoporosis New Zealand website. Fifteen pages of content, with barely half a page of non-specific exercise information, yet they somehow managed 2 and a half pages of dietary guidance for optimal bone health! I shouldn’t be surprised, but……of course, I still am!  Disappointed, disheartened! I’m …

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What’s wrong with Crossfit™?

Possibly very little, yet it seems that this training mode, philosophy, cult – call it what you will, provokes some extreme responses in exercise and health professionals. Full disclosure, while I haven’t had any direct involvement with or particular knowledge of Crossfit™ (CF),  my morning runs often took me past groups engaging in some CF style …

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Evidence based what?

Evidence-based practice (EBP) is an offshoot from a movement within medicine and health services (Evidence-based Medicine, EBM), that called for clinical decisions to be based on the best available research knowledge and critical scientific evidence. The origins of EBM are vague but are usually attributed to health researcher Archie Cochrane (1972), who complained that medical …

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Health harshening the exercise buzz?

With the emergence of the ‘Exercise is Medicine’ (EIM) movement, biomedical models of health have been applied to exercise and physical activity, with seemingly limited success (Halall et al, 2012). The value and benefits of physical activity, exercise, sport and recreation extend well beyond physical measures of health. The risk with medicalising exercise is that …

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Fit vs Physically Active

One of my graduate assistant roles at the University of Alberta was to conduct fitness tests for the Faculty’s Fitness Testing Unit. The Unit targeted the general population and their health and wellbeing and was well subscribed. We followed standardised fitness testing protocols that included skinfolds, a bike test to estimate aerobic fitness, a sit …

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