Combat the cold with the "keep it real winter fitness challenge".
June 1st, 2018 - Okay. Its dark, its cold, and you easily gravitate to the sofa with feet up, comfort snacks and a bottle of red or two in hand. Maintaining your physical activity and clean eating during the cold winter is extremely challenging for most of us. Days turn into weeks. Weeks turn into months. Before you know it, your jeans don't fit, and you're lumbering around more excess baggage than you can poke a stick at - A.K.A, muffin top. Sure, there is a time and a place to have your cake and eat it too. However, with an accountable plan of attack in place, you can shoot through the winter in good shape, well ahead of the pack when it comes to shaping up for the forthcoming summer heat.
Melbourne Sports & Allied Health Clinic integrates high precision evaluations with expert interpretation and guidance, to ensure the most effective health and fitness outcomes are achieved. Our 12-week "Keep it real winter fitness challenge" has been strategically designed for those who are seeking:
a healthier lifestyle
combatting the winter blues
maintaining or losing weight
gaining cardiorespiratory fitness and strength
reducing aches, pains and fatigue
reversing the effects of chronic ailments
reducing stress and anxiety
increase energy, vitality, confidence and resilience
Decades of compelling research has underpinned that targeted physical activity, coupled with maintaining an appropriate body composition, will give you the best opportunity to stave off chronic diseases, fatigue, the winter blues, and slow down the ageing process.
Indeed, a significant amount of age related health deterioration is a result of medical conditions caused by an overly sedentary lifestyle.
Regular physical activity improves physical and cognitive function; reverses the effects of many debilitating conditions; and in the long term, will help keep you functioning at a high capacity as you age.
Evaluating your fitness & body composition
Evaluating maximal oxygen consumption (VO2max) and body composition (DEXA scan) prior to the start of the 12-week Winter Challenge provides baseline data, and enables your expert exercise physiologist to provide physical activity and lifestyle modification guidelines that are specific to your needs, and to ensure that goals are safe, realistic and sustainable. Cardiorespiratory fitness, as measured via the gold standard VO2max test (bike or treadmill), is globally recognised as the best predictor of all-cause morbidity and premature mortality. Increasing your VO2max is achieved with specific exercise sessions, and modified body composition, leading to an improvement in fitness, and reduced risk of developing common diseases, including: cancers; heart disease; type 2 diabetes; dementia; alzheimer's; depression; and others. Body composition (DEXA scan method) evaluates body fat mass, including visceral adipose tissue (VAT) around your organs; lean mass; bone mineral density; and a range of indices that focus on metabolic and musculo-skeletal risk factors. For example, increasing muscle mass correlates strongly with mitigating frailty and increasing longevity. Repeating the VO2max and DEXA evaluations after 12 weeks provides insight into intervention adaptations.
We recommend participants undertake a blood test (10-12hr fasted) prior to commencing the revitalise challenge. Our blood test orders are specified in accordance to an individuals health history and current needs. We typically order metabolic; organ function; immune function; inflammatory; lipids; and various hormone panels.
12-week Winter Challenge
Undertake preliminary DEXA scan, VO2max and blood test
Results debrief and interpretations
Physical activity and lifestyle modification guidelines specific to your needs
Progress review after 4 weeks - ensure you are on track, and revise program
Progress review after 8 weeks - ensure you are on track, and revise program
Undertake follow-up DEXA scan, VO2max and blood test
Follow-up test debrief and interpretations
$595.00 (35% off the RRP of $910), plus blood test fee (determined by your specific pre-evaluation health status and risk assessment) payable during your first appointment.
Private health insurance extras (exercise physiology) rebates are available.
Day 1 of your 12-week Winter Challenge starts the day following your preliminary tests.