Posted by Professor Tom Marwick
There is no doubt that over the last few weeks the coronavirus pandemic has drastically changed all of our lives. In particular, self-isolation measures have increased in severity, meaning a decrease in our physical activity and exercise.


Over the years, research conducted by the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute has provided substantial evidence demonstrating the importance of regular physical activity to prevent and manage many chronic diseases, for that reason, the health implications of self-isolation are a very real concern.

Evidence from the Dallas Bedrest studies of the 1960s demonstrated that just three weeks of inactivity had the equivalent effect of 30 years of ageing on the cardiovascular system.

The health and wellbeing of wonderful supporters like you is incredibly important to us, and we want to help you and your loved ones, keep active and healthy at this time.


To achieve this, we have launched an initiative called “Keep it moving!” designed to help you avoid sedentary behaviour and maintain regular physical activity and good health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The timely advice and expertise from our world-class scientists can help you “Keep it moving!” no matter where you are, with our easy to follow fact sheets catered to those with heart disease, cancer, diabetes and people over 65 years.

We will send you a brief update each week with relevant information to help you and your family stay fit and healthy throughout this challenging time.

For now, please enjoy this informative two-minute video from Professor David Dunstan. It contains practical tips on how to cut your sitting time while you work from home.


Until next time, please keep healthy, and Keep it moving!


Professor Tom Marwick is the Director of the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute.