#13: Exercise & Activity with Dr John Sykes

24 Jan 2019

Today we’re going to talk about something a little different with a good friend of mine,  Dr John Sykes aka “health and fitness doctor”.

Director of the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine,  Dr John is a qualified GP with a strong interest in Sports Medicine. He regularly lectures at Bristol medical school and he’s the reason why I’ve been dragged down there so many times to talk to medical students!

In this episode, we talk about  why movement and exercise can benefit:

  • Inflammation balance
  • Support mitochondria
  • Weight loss and how this affects inflammation
  • Cardio respiratory fitness and its relationship to longevity
  • Cancer and preventing recurrence as well as improving outcomes during treatment


Im sure you will agree - that was a super interesting chat that I had with Dr John - its clear to see that managing to fit some sort of exercise into our daily lives can be so incredibly beneficial to those of all ages.
I hope that you will be as motivated as I was after speaking with Dr John and will be having a look at the options for increasing the exercise and activity levels in your life, even if its by small steps at a time.
Focusing on lifestyle changes in your daily activities, like some of the tips that we spoke about on the podcast, can potentially lead to us all living healthier and happier lives.
If youre interested on hearing more about what Dr John is up to, please click on the links here which will take you to the relevant social media pages.
Weve also noted below here some of the references that we spoke about on the podcast.

Podcast Reference Material

  • NHS Choices Website Benefits of Activity
  • CMO Guidelines for Physical Activity
  • Activity Levels and Sedentary Behaviour Levels in the UK – Physical Inactvity Report 2017
  • Blair S (2009) Physical inactivity: the biggest public health problem of the 21 st century. Br J Sports Med 2009;43:1-2
  • Mandsager K, Harb S, Cremer P et al. Association of Cardiorespiratory Fitness with Long-term Mortality Among Adults Undergoing Exercise Treadmill Testing. Jama Netw Open.2018;1(6):e183605
  • Thorp AA, Healy GN, Owen N, Salmon J, Ball K, Shaw JE, Zimmet PZ, and Dunstan DW (2010) Deleterious associations of sitting time and television viewing time with cardiometabolic risk biomarkers: Australian Diabetes Obesity and Lifestyle Study 2004-2005.Diabetes Care 2010 Feb;33(2):327-34
  • Warren TY, Barry V, Hooker SP, Sui X, Church TS, Blair SN. Sedentary behaviours increase risk of cardiovascular disease mortality in men. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2010 May;42(5)879-85
  • Ertek S and Cicero A. Impact of physical activity on inflammation: effects on cardiovascular disease risk and other inflammatory conditions. Arch Med Sci 2012; 8, 5 794-804
  • Bo H, Jiang N, Ji LL, Zhang Y. Mitochondrial redox metabolism in aging: Effects of exercise interventions. Journal of Sport and Health Science 2 (2013) 67-74
  • Arsenis NC, You T, Ogawa EF, Tinsley GM, Zuo L. Physical activity and telomere length:
  • Impact of aging and potential mechanisms of action. Oncotarget 2017 Jul 4:8(27):45008-45019
  • The importance of physical activity for people living with and beyond cancer: A concise evidence review. Macmillan Cancer 2011.
  • Harvey SB, Overland S, Hatch SL, Wessely S, Mykletun A and Hotopf M. Exercise and the Prevention of Depression: Results of the HUNT Cohort Study. Am J Psychiatry 2018 Jan 1;175(1):28-36
  • Parkrun – Information about the volunteer led association of parkrun and how to get involved

GUEST: Dr John Sykes

Dr John Sykes is a GP based in Bath who has a keen interest in Lifestyle Medicine and is a Trustee and Director of the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine. Dr John takes great pleasure from empowering and encouraging his patients to be more active, eat better, relax daily and optimise their sleep in order to improve their health and reduce their risk of disease. He is a Mac Nutrition Uni Certified Nutritionist and has organised and run several conferences and teaching sessions on Lifestyle Medicine for students and healthcare practitioners in the UK

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