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Moving Matters – interventions to increase physical activity

Health benefits of physical activity

The National Institute for Health Research has released a review of physical activity and interventions to help clinicians and health service commissioners determine what works, and what doesn’t.

The review summarises evidence from over 50 published and ongoing studies, and is divided into interventions targeting pre-school and school-age children, adults, the workplace, and the elderly. It recognises that there are many factors that influence declining activity levels including cultural, social and economic changes.

Physical activity can improve wellbeing and prevent many long-term conditions, and this review brings together many suggestions on how to apply the findings. There is no single way to encourage and promote healthy activity, and a range of changes are often required. Osteopaths are well-placed to help patients determine a personalised approach to activity that works for them and meets their needs.

The full report is available at https://www.dc.nihr.ac.uk/themed-reviews/research-into-physical-activity.htm