Author: Paddy Latham

In middle-aged adults, what are the effects of high intensity interval training on Cardiovascular risk factor profiles?

HIIT training is a hugely popular form of exercise due to its seemingly quick results, high calorie burn and high endorphin release. However, it puts the heart under a high level of stress and without doing it safely, particularly those people with a weakened heart can put themselves in serious danger of having a cardiac […]

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The benefits of strength training

In this week’s article, we are discussing a recent review paper titled ‘The Benefits of Strength Training on Musculoskeletal System Health: Practical Applications for Interdisciplinary Care’ published in the journal Sports Medicine. What are the benefits of Strength Training? Strength training is a type of exercise which has begun to grow in popularity and for […]

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Plant-based diets – are they really salad gold?

In this week’s research club, we tackled ‘Plant-Based Diets for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention: All Plant Foods Are Not Created Equal’ (Hemler and Hu, 2019). This paper reviewed some of the literature around the different definitions of plant-based diets and in particular how they can impact upon cardiovascular health. The authors also aimed to distinguish between […]

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Exercise: one size does not fit all

In this week’s article, we are reviewing current evidence that looks at why individuals should complete both resistance and endurance training, if they wish to see a positive response in both their strength and cardiovascular fitness. The STRUETH (Studies of Twin Responses to Understand Exercise as a Therapy) study investigated the response ofVO2max and muscular […]

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Molecular Mechanisms Linking Exercise to Cancer Prevention and Treatment

Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body which form a mass known as a tumour. They have the capacity to develop their own blood vessels (angiogenesis) which supply the tumour with sufficient energy to grow (proliferation). One in two people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, the benefits of exercise […]

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High-intensity interval training

The widespread physical activity guidelines for adults recommends at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity exercise. The benefits of completing this amount of weekly exercise are widely recognised. Despite this, the majority of adults fall short of the recommended physical activity guidelines with lack of time cited […]

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This lifestyle change is reversing 

It is no secret that as we age, certain processes within the human body slow down such as metabolism or cognitive processing, while others accelerate for instance lean muscle atrophy or plaque formation within our blood vessels. Nonetheless, it’s important to stress that the rate at which the example processes above happen can be influenced […]

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