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Professor Chris Oliver

Professor Chris Oliver is Professor Physical Activity for Health at the University of Edinburgh. As well as being a regular guest contributor to the SCPN Blog, you may also know him as @CyclingSurgeon on Twitter.

Just Go Left and Climb the Stairs!

If on an escalator, especially on visits to London for meetings, I always go left and vigorously climb the escalator. I do have favourites, such as the Holborn underground escalator which is the longest in London. If I feel really fit I’ll take two stairs at a time, it’s a race for me!

You can get quite a workout on these long escalators, especially if carrying a backpack or briefcase. Impressive metrics can be seen on your fitness tracker or smartphone.

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#AboutABike: City Cycling

I have always for as long as I can remember cycled in cities. As a medical student I bravely rode from University College Hospital in central London over Hampstead Hill to Golders Green. I rode come rain, come shine. It saved me so much money and kept me super fit. It cast a dice for future cycling adventures much later in my life; TransAmerica: Los Angeles to Boston, Cambodia, Rajasthan India, Austria and St Malo to Nice.

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