Health Assessment

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If you choose to engage my services, before we do anything else I will give you a full health assessment. I  will provide you with a report and some explanatory notes about what all the measurements mean. This information is useful as it gives both a starting point and a benchmark which you can measure your progress against.

Ongoing health assessments are available so that you can review your progress and ensure that you are on the correct exercise regime. They are also a great way of feeling good about yourself and an ongoing source of self motivation.

We carry out a range of tests that include:

 

Blood Pressure and Resting Heart Rate

The blood pressure represents the force exerted by the blood on the arterial walls. The systolic pressure represents the pressure when the heart is beating (during the systole phase of the cardiac cycle) and the diastolic pressure when the heart is filling between blasts (during the diastole phase). Nearly one in four adults in the UK has high blood pressure. If you know you have high blood pressure you are lucky as you can do something about it, however about a third of people don’t know about their condition. We will measure your blood pressure and resting heart rate during the health assessment.

 

Body Composition Tests to determine your Weight, Body Fat, Visceral Fat and Metabolic Age

Your monitoring is carried out using the Tanita Inner Scan Body Composition Monitor. As well as measuring weight and body fat we will be able to fine tune your fitness programme by monitoring progress of muscle mass and basal metabolic rate. We will also be able to monitor visceral fat, a key indicator of the risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Omron Body Composition Monitors use Bio-electrical Impedance Analysis (BIA). Safe, low level electrical signals are passed through the body via the hand pads on the monitor. It is easy for the signal to flow through fluids in the muscle and other body tissues but meets resistance as it passes through body fat, as it contains little fluid. The resistance is called impedance. The impedance readings are then entered into medically researched mathematical formulas to calculate your body composition.

 

Waist and Hip measurements to determine Waist to Hip Ratio

Measures of waist and hip circumference provide useful information of weight loss within these regions and when the two measurements are compared, the resulting figure can act as an indication of detrimental fat deposition that may relate to coronary heart disease risk. The higher the result, the more fat is being stored around the midriff, therefore closer to the essential organs, including the heart. A higher waist to hip ratio has been shown to be a risk of coronary heart disease.

Peak Expiratory Flow

Forced Expiratory Volume (FEV) is the volume of air expelled in the first second of maximal forced expiration from a position of full inspiration. The results can be used to calculate and display an equivalent Lung Age. The use of ‘Lung Age’ provides an additional motivational tool that may help susceptible smokers to understand the physical damage caused by smoking. It is important to measure Forced Expiratory Volume because it can help in the diagnosis, management and treatment during the early stages of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and help you to recognise when your lungs are not working to their full capacity.