The Dark Side of Exercise Nobody Wants You to Know!

23rd May 2018, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Tech Hub

The public message underpinning ‘Exercise is Medicine’ suggests society at large should engage in exercise behaviour for the purpose of protecting and enhancing their health. However, this message has not translated into greater exercise participation and subsequent reduction in mortality rates.

Dr Andrew Levy (Reader in Psychology, Edge Hill University) will critically inform the audience of the inconsistent nature of contemporary perceptions associated with exercise behaviour as a medical cure.

By drawing upon historical contexts, Andy will suggest how exercise has prolonged forms of coercive behaviour to punish and discriminate against societal groups. Through exploring the behavioural complexity of exercise and its dark history and association with equality, it is possible to understand why society at large is hesitant to take its ‘medicine’.


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