Are interventions effective for promoting physical activity?
From: The Cochrane Collaboration
- Foster, C., Hillsdon, M., Thorogood, M., Kaur, A., Wedatilake, T., n.d. Interventions for promoting physical activity, in: The Cochrane Library. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
- 7,598 across 19 studies
- The paper is a systematic review / meta analysis of all relevant trials.
- This means that the data from all similar trials has been grouped to form an overall outcome.
The findings of this review indicate that professional advice and guidance with continued support can encourage people to be more physically active in the short to mid-term.
- Yes (without confidence)
- The authors point out that not taking enough physical activity leads to an increased risk of a number of chronic diseases including coronary heart disease. Regular physical activity can reduce this risk and also provide other physical and possibly mental health benefits.