3rd Edition

Physical Activity and Health
The Evidence Explained

  • Available for pre-order. Item will ship after July 23, 2021
ISBN 9780415632966
July 23, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
632 Pages 195 Color & 13 B/W Illustrations

USD $66.95

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Book Description

Physical Activity and Health explains clearly, systematically, and in detail, the relationship between physical activity, health and disease, and examines the role of exercise in the prevention and management of a wide range of important conditions.


Now in a fully updated and expanded third edition, this is the most complete and engaging textbook on the subject. It offers a balanced examination of the latest evidence linking levels of physical activity with the risk of mortality, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, obesity, cancer, osteoporosis and dementia. Designed to help the reader evaluate the quality of the evidence, the book includes an invaluable discussion of common study designs and the inherent difficulties of measuring physical activity. It examines the evidence in relation to child and adolescent health, older adults, hazards of exercise, sedentary behaviour, public health policy and, in a new chapter, mental health, and an epilogue considers the emerging evidence regarding the significance of physical activity and COVID-19.


Containing chapter summaries, study tasks, guides to supplementary reading, a glossary of key terms and an abundance of figures and tables, Physical Activity and Health is an essential course text, and important reading for undergraduate, masters and postgraduate research students of sport and exercise science, public health, physical therapy, medicine and nursing.


This third edition is supported by an updated companion website featuring self-test questions, PowerPoint slides, learning activities and website links.

Table of Contents

Part I: Assessing the Evidence

1. Introduction

David J. Stensel 

2. The Nature of the Evidence

Jason M.R. Gill 

3. Physical Activity and Mortality

Jason M.R. Gill 

Part II: Influence of Physical Activity on the Risk of Disease 

4. Cardiovascular Disease

Stephen F. Burns 

5. Type 2 Diabetes

Jason M.R. Gill

6. Obesity

James A. King

7. Cardio-Metabolic Risk Factors

Kevin Deighton

8. Cancer

Adrianne E. Hardman and Fehmidah Munir

9. Skeletal Health

Katherine Brooke-Wavell and Adrianne E. Hardman

10. Mental Health

Clare Stevinson

Part III: Physical Activity in Youth and Old Age

11. Child and Adolescent Health

Alice E. Thackray

12. Ageing

David J. Stensel

Part IV: Physical Activity - Risks and Opportunities

13. Hazards

Adrianne E. Hardman

14. Public Health

Marie H. Murphy and Adrianne E. Hardman


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David J. Stensel is Professor of Exercise Metabolism and Associate Dean for Research in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University, UK. He is also the Lifestyle Theme Lead for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) at Leicester Biomedical Research Centre and Associate Editor for the International Journal of Obesity. 


Adrianne E. Hardman is Emeritus Professor of Human Exercise Metabolism at Loughborough University, UK. Adrianne has over 30 years’ experience in university teaching and research, has published widely, given invited lectures in many countries, and has contributed to the development of guidelines on physical activity in the UK and in North America.


Jason M.R. Gill is Professor of Cardiometabolic Health at the University of Glasgow, UK. He leads an active multi-disciplinary research group investigating the effects of physical activity and wider lifestyle on the prevention and management of vascular and metabolic diseases. He is also Director of his University’s MSc in Sport and Exercise Science and Medicine.

Support Material

Companion Website

Please visit our companion website for additional support materials.