22. Do you consider that the event will attract press interest?:
23. If yes, please summarise up to 4 key points you think will be of press interest:
1. The government needs to radically re-think its physical activity guidelines. They currently recommend that “over a week, activity should add up to at least 150 minutes (two and a half hours) of moderate intensity activity”, such as walking. These guidelines ignore some of the latest findings in Sport and Exercise Science that have the potential to significantly improve the health of people in the UK.
2. All the latest research shows a clear relationship between the intensity of exercise and the magnitude of improvements. E.g. improvements in glycaemic control (an important factor in diabetes) are greater at a higher intensity of exercise; when the exercise intensity is too low, no improvements are seen.
3. The government currently responds to criticisms by saying that “doing something is better than doing nothing”, but this is untrue. We believe their information is out of date, that their “something is better than nothing” approach is wrong, and that it is time they reacted to the growing amount of scientific evidence that shows they need to re-think the advice they are giving to the entire UK population.
4. If we are to truly improve the health of our population, we need to get people doing the right type of activity in the first place. More and more benefits of High Intensity Training are being discovered and the government needs to keep on top of the research coming out of universities and adapt its recommendations accordingly.