Episode 3: Exercise in a State of Lockdown

So far in the series, we’ve been focused very much on the bio-medical aspects of Bristol’s research response to coronavirus. In this episode, we take a look at something slightly different – public policy, exercise and physical activity in a state of lockdown.

I was delighted to have as my guest Dr Charlie Foster OBE, Reader in Physical Activity and Public Health at our School for Policy Studies.

Charlie chairs the UK Chief Medical Officer’s Expert Committee for Physical Activity and has advised Government on physical exercise during the lockdown.

In this conversation, we discuss why there have been different approaches to daily exercise in lockdown between different countries. We also discuss what evidence has been used to inform advice to government and some of the fascinating research questions Charlie and his colleagues are now exploring in light of the pandemic.

During the conversation, Charlie mentions a series of excellent (Bristol validated) resources for exercise and physical activity that could be useful for anyone unable to leave the home. You can find these resources here.


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