This book presents an up-to-date and wide ranging account of the key issues of the biology of physical activity and health.
Physical activity and exercise affect many dimensions of health. This book presents a wide-ranging account of the key issues of the biology of physical activity and health. The context is set by considering the comparative and temporal aspects of activity in humans. There follows an examination of the concepts and methodological issues associated with activity, exercise, health and fitness, as well as their interrelationships. Particular attention is given to activity in children, adolescents and the elderly, activity and weight maintenance, and the psychological effects of activity. This topical volume will be of interest to human biologists, biological anthropologists, human physiologists, sports scientists, psychologists, and healthcare professionals involved in preventative medicine, public health, geriatrics, occupational health and community medicine.
Table of Contents
List of contributors
1. Introduction N. G. Norgan
2. Comparative aspects of human activity R.
3. Physical activity levels - past and present
J. V. G. A. Durnin
4. The validity of health measurements J. R.
5. Developments in the assessment of physical
activity Peter S. W. Davies
6. Two national surveys of activity, fitness
and health: the Allied Dunbar Fitness Survey
and the Welsh Heart Health Survey C. B. Cooke
7. Physical development and childhood activity
Han G. C. Kemper
8. Physical activity and behavioural
development during childhood and youth Robert
9. Physiological aspects of activity and ageing
E. J. Bassey
10. Activity and morale in later life:
preliminary analysis from the Nottingham
Longitudinal Study of Activity and Ageing Kate
Bennett and Kevin Morgan
11. The benefits of low intensity exercise
12. Physical activity, obesity and weight
maintenance Wim H. M. Saris
13. Adherence to physical activity and exercise
14. Women's working behaviour and
maternal-child health in rural Nepal Catherine
15. Physical activity and psychological
well-being Andrew Steptoe
16. Leisure lifestyles: present and future Sue