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Not enough exercise, too much stress: The curse of modern living

Lecture Theatre 7, Arts Building, University of Birmingham
Sunday 7 September 2014 (15:30-17:00)

Staff from the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences will be taking part in the 2014 British Science Festival being held at the University of Birmingham. Our session will combine the School’s traditional strengths in Exercise Physiology and Behavioural Medicine to provide the public with an engaging and interactive discussion on how exercise and psychological stress affects their health.

The School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation SciencesBackground and key topics to be discussed:

It’s not new news that exercise is good for us, but why don’t we do it? Physical inactivity has now become a top 10 killer in our society, with a lack of exercise stress in our lives linked to many preventable diseases like diabetes and obesity.  On the other hand, psychological stress can make us ill and contribute to the development of a range of diseases, yet we continue to lead busy stressful lives.  Clearly we need to do something different, rethink how we do exercise because current ideas are not working. What do we know about exercise and how can we better use it in our lives to improve our health and reduce our stress levels? These questions will be addressed by experts in the field working across the spectrum of Physical activity, Health and Well-being.

Themes we will address include: How does stress in our lives make us ill?  How might exercise help prevent negative effects of stress? How effective is exercise at preventing and treating disease? Which type of exercise is optimal?

Date / Time: Sunday 7 September 2014, 15.30 - 17.00

Venue: Lecture Theatre 7, Arts Building, University of Birmingham

Further details about this event here. To book, click here (free event)

Further information

This event is part of the British Science Festival 2014 taking place in Birmingham from 6-11 September.

The British Science Festival is one of Europe's largest celebrations of science, engineering and technology, with over 250 events, activities, exhibitions and trips taking place.

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Tickets can be booked online or by calling +44 (0) 8456 807 207.

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