17. What will the format of your event be?:
18. Please give any details about the format of your event you feel are relevant.:
We will have exercise bikes on which to demonstrate High Intensity Training, as well as video presentations to help illustrate what we are talking about. We will also discuss the latest findings from our field of research and, towards the end of the event, will invite the audience to come and have a go on the bikes themselves.
Venue and location to be allocated by the Festival team
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We would be bringing three exercise bikes with us, so would need a room that has enough open space to accommodate that. We would also need a screen on which to project videos and slides. We will bring our own laptop, but would require a projector.
13. Description of the core message of your event and key topics to be covered (c.100 words):
Just one minute of High Intensity Training three times a week improves fitness and reduces risk of disease in people of all ages. 1. Introduction to HIT and science behind it. 2. Overview of HIT research focusing in on new studies into benefits for older people. 3. Psychology – we are the only research team looking at the mental benefits of HIT. 4. What next? What is the minimum amount of exercise needed to improve health? 5. Our views on current government exercise guidelines: they are out of date and wrong. 6. Taster session: audience can give HIT a go.
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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.
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University of Abertay Dundee
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