Britain needs to get fit. But warnings and advice alone aren’t enough | Mike Kelly It’s taken an integrated strategy to reduce smoking. We need a similar policy to change the way we look at fitness
This week Public Health England told us that along with doing aerobic exercise we should be doing muscle and bone strengthening and balance activities. It recommends ball games, racket sports, dancing, Nordic walking and various forms of resistance training. The benefits of physical activity include reduced risks from certain cancers and heart disease, better mobility, better sleep and mental health and, as we get older, the prevention of falls.
But will this make the slightest bit of difference? In short, no it won’t. Putting information into the public domain as a strategy for getting people to change their behaviour is simply not effective. Continue reading... The Guardian