In the initial EXSS impact blog post we discussed how education and training in Exercise and Sport Science is a foundation for the future of medicine. This message was reaffirmed in this week’s latest post in the British Journal of Sports Medicine Blog.
The author’s of this post (@exerciseworks) highlight some incredible facts regarding the importance of exercise and physical activity. In addition, there are several links within the post that take the reader to great research resources documenting the importance of exercise and physical activity on health, wellness and overall quality of life.
Some of the key highlights include:
- More than 60% of the global population does not achieve sufficient activity (World Health Organization)
- Lack of physical activity is the 4th leading cause of death worldwide
- There is a well documented link between inactivity and heart disease and stroke
- 80% of the 17 million cardiovascular disease related deaths are preventable
- The risk of chronic diseases, especially heart and stroke disease, is significantly reduced with at least 150 minutes of exercise a week
The work being done by EXSS faculty and students, across all areas of study, is directly related to helping address this critical issue. Through our combined efforts, we can help make a difference in the inactivity epidemic and make an #EXSSimpact. Have a great weekend!