Inaugural Lecture Series – Professor Adrian Midgley

19th Mar 2015, 5:30pm - 8:30pm

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Five ‘fascinating facts’ about exercise, fitness and health: Dogmas, misconceptions, and controversies

The premise that physical exercise is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle is now generally well accepted and is supported by substantial scientific evidence. However, magazines and newspapers are abound with articles on exercise and fitness that often contain selectively presented information in order to make a controversial statement. People are often unaware of the scientific research related to the news articles and, consequently, are ill-informed, or possess an unbalanced view of the true state of current knowledge.

Professor Adrian Midgley’s inaugural lecture will explore the dogmas, misconceptions, and controversies relating to five key issues regarding exercise, fitness, and health. He will explore the concept that exercise is medicine, the association between cardiorespiratory fitness and disease, the role of exercise testing in assessing and improving fitness and health, and the role of basal metabolic rate and energy expenditure during physical exercise for maintaining and losing weight.

Professor Midgley is an exercise physiologist and joined Edge Hill University’s Department of Sport and Physical Activity in 2012. He is an honorary exercise physiologist at the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, a professional member of the Liverpool Medical Institute and the American College of Sports Medicine, and currently sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Sports Medicine and International Scholarly Research Notices.

Professor Midgley is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and is a member of the Postgraduate Medical Institute Management Group, Research Investment Fund Steering Group, and Human Tissue Working Group at Edge Hill University.


  • Arrival and Registration – 5:30pm
  • Lecture followed by Q&A – 6:00pm
  • Refreshments and networking – 7:15pm