I do hope Scotland does not go independent, otherwise we may be deprived of some of the pearls of wisdom being released at the moment about the virtues of exercise, which no doubt were timed to coincide with the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Researchers at the University of Dundee did high intensity training (HIT) with older people – six second sprints on an exercise bike only twice a week. With this short burst of exercise they found that pensioners significantly improved their physical fitness and lowered their blood pressure.
Helpfully, one of the researchers explained that “you do not have to go at the speed of Usain Bolt”. I guess that is just as well, since running 100 yards in less than 10 seconds is probably quite challenging for someone over 70.
The Catch 22 in this new advice is that they recommend that you consult your doctor before HIT training. Perhaps you could run on the spot while waiting to queue for an appointment.