Physical activity: the health benefits outweigh the risks

Melzer, Katarina; Kayser, Bengt; Pichard, Claude (2004). Physical activity: the health benefits outweigh the risks Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care, 7(6), pp. 641-647. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 10.1097/00075197-200411000-00009

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This article will summarize the current findings on the effects of physical activity on human health and well-being.; Physical activity is associated with enhanced health and reduced risk of all-cause mortality such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, sarcopenia, cognitive disorders, and some forms of cancer. Nevertheless, the effects of exercise with respect to potential health consequences are complex. When untrained or previously sedentary persons undertake vigorous exertion suddenly, the undesired side effects of injuries, dehydration or cardiac arrest are amplified.; It is reasonable to conclude that the risk exposure through physical activity is outweighed by its overall benefits, and health authorities strongly encourage participation in moderate intensity physical activity on a daily basis. In the future, the identification and characterization of particularly inactive sub-groups of the population may facilitate and optimize the planning of public health interventions.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


Swiss Federal Institute of Sports Magglingen SFISM > EHSM - Leistungssport


Melzer, Katarina;
Kayser, Bengt and
Pichard, Claude


1363-1950 (Print) 1473-6519 (Online)


Lippincott Williams & Wilkins




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04 Feb 2021 12:42

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25 Oct 2021 02:18

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Cardiac arrest Cardiovascular disease Cognitive disorders Diabetes Dehydration Disease Exercise Health Injuries Obesity Osteoporosis Oxidative stress Physical activity Risk Sarcopenia


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