Special Issue "Physical Activity and Health in Middle-Aged and Older Adults"

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Miranda Armstrong
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Guest Editor
School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol, 8 Priory Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1TZ, UK
Interests: physical activity and health
Dr. Max Western
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Guest Editor
Department of Health, University of Bath, Bath BA2 7AY, UK
Interests: physical activity and health

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Worldwide, 28% of adults do not meet global physical activity guidelines—almost a quarter of men and a third of women. Further, the proportion of adults meeting physical activity declines significantly with age. Physical activity has been shown to contribute to the prevention and management of various chronic diseases, for example, cardiovascular disease, some cancers, and diabetes, and it reduces depression and anxiety symptoms. It also plays a role in maintaining physical functioning and bone health, factors which become especially important with increasing age. With an ageing population, the benefits of physical activity for health, as well as disease prevention, may become even more important in the future.

WHO defines physical activity as “any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that requires energy expenditure”. This includes a wide range of activities related to leisure time, active travel, exercise and sport, household activities, or work.

This Special Issue welcomes original studies, systematic reviews, and meta-analyses in any subject area related to physical activity and its relationship with health outcomes in middle-aged and/or older adults. The keywords listed below provide a guide to some potential areas of interest. Studies using objective measures of physical activity and/or objective outcome measures, and interventions aiming to improve health through physical activity in these populations, are particularly encouraged.

Dr. Miranda Armstrong
Dr. Max Western
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • older adults
  • middle-aged adults
  • physical activity
  • health outcomes
  • cardiovascular disease
  • bone health
  • body composition
  • interventions

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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