Health assessments help you build up a picture of your overheall health, using a range of basic health tests we've divsied unique health assesments to help our clients track thier progress. In this section you'll see some of those health test we use to eveulauate our clients health and progress yowards thierlifestyle and fitness goals.
Quite simply, your peak flow is the maximum flow rate during a forced expiration, this gives an indication of the size and power of your lungs. Commonly used for the diagnosis and treatment of asthma. It can also be useful in understanding a person's lung function ability and progression. Having a good level of physical activity helps to increase your lung function. It is impaired by smoking, if you have a cold or various pulmonary disorders, or as mentioned, Asthma.
Remember going to the doctors and having the blood pressure cuff put on your arm, makes you feel a little nervous and sometimes increases your blood pressure just thinking about it, that cuff and the machine or hand pump it’s connected to measures your blood pressure. Blood pressure is the pressure of blood in your arteries, the transport system that takes your blood from your heart to your brain and the rest of your body.
Your Blood Pressure readings are taken and recorded as part of the Kiss Fitness Health MOT, part of the personal training consultation.
This is just one method for testing your body composition, it is, however a very convenient and portable way of performing a body composition assessment to determine body fat percentage, total body water and fat-free mass.
In this method you are either connected to electrodes on your hands and feet or use a cheaper alternative in the form of scales or hand held devices, a small current (about 0.4-0.8 amps) is passed though the body, it's OK, you won't feel anything. Whichever devioce is used, they all achieve the same things with varying accuracy and likewise range in price from affordable to very expensive. The electrodes measure resistance as it passes through the body, it works on the principle that the resistance is inversely related to fat-free mass contained within the body, a body fat percentage can then be calculated.
While body mass index (BMI) is a good way to tell if you're a healthy weight. This does not however tell us much about where the fat is stored which can be a greater concern to our health. We store spare body fat under the skin, and also around the vital organs in our abdomen. We now know that this fat around the abdomen causes more health problems than, say, fat carried around the bottom or on the thighs. Having a large amount of tummy fat (when compared to having fat around the bottom or thighs) makes you more likely to develop type 2 diabetes and heart problems. If you carry excess weight around your abdomen, that means you're an "apple" shape. Those who carry excess fat around the bottom and thighs are "pear" shaped.
Your body like any living thing requires energy, all the time, to function, whether at rest, exercising , working or reading a book your body will be consuming energy, this is your metabolic rate. Your metabolic rate is the rate in which your body outputs energy, usually expressed as a per hour figure.
Body Mass Index is essentially a basic calculation between your height and weight that determines if a you are of normal weight for your height. Not a hugely scientific method admittedly, but this method is used around the globe to measure obesity in children and adults. Used by governments, schools and local health organisations, it plays a fundamental role for national statistics, painting a picture of obese adults and children within society.
Your BMI is calculated as part of the Kiss Fitness Health MOT, part of the personal training consultation.