Physical Activity, Physical Fitness, and Health

  • Steven N. Blair


Interest in the healthful effects of physical activity dates back to ancient times, but scientific study of the issue did not receive emphasis until the end of the 19th century. Early studies focused on physiology, and, in fact, three exercise physiologists (August Krogh, A.V. Hill, and Otto Meyerhof) received Nobel Prizes in the early 1920s for their research (Montoye, 1992). In the 1989 McCloy Lecture, Professor Park (1990) provided an excellent review of early scientific studies of exercise. Montoye extended these observations by including more recent reports on the relation of physical inactivity to health and disease.


Physical Activity Coronary Heart Disease Heart Attack Physical Fitness Physical Inactivity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven N. Blair
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  1. 1.Cooper Institute for Aerobics ResearchDallasUSA

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