The UFIT Health Screens is a contemporary holistic health assessment that will help us find out if there are any health risks that we need to be aware of before you start your PT program. It will also help us understand what your goals are and how we can design a training plan to achieve them safely and effectively.
BENEFITS OF HEALTH SCREENS
We can create an accurate assessment of your current health status and identify opportunities to improve your wellbeing.
The tests Identify any health or lifestyle issues that could lead to a higher than normal risk of illness or injury.
We can design a highly individualised training program that addresses your specific health needs.
HEALTH SCREEN TESTS
1) Cardiorespiratory Fitness Test:
Cardiometabolic testing is the only method known to science that can reliably and non-invasively identify a cardiac limitation and determine the kind of cardio training in order to overcome this. It is the strongest predictor of cardiovascular health and all cause mortality (American Heart Association).
This is an incremental exercise test completed on a bike or treadmill,
where your oxygen uptake and carbon dioxide production are measured. The test begins at a low intensity and periodically increases in intensity until the participant reaches exhaustion. The highest amount of oxygen that is able to be taken in and used before exhaustion is the VO2max. This value is the gold standard measurement of an individuals’ cardiorespiratory fitness (aerobic fitness).
This gives us insight into your metabolic health and how your body utilises oxygen at different exercise intensities, so we can achieve your goals in the most efficient and safest way possible.
2) Blood Lipid Profile:
A capillary blood sample is taken from the finger and examined to show LDL/HDL cholesterol levels and Total Cholesterol:HDL ratio. This test has been suggested to be the best predictor of cardiovascular disease risk.
Lipids are a group of fats and fat like substances that are essential for certain cellular functions and sources of energy. A blood lipid profile will measure the level of specific lipids in the blood. Two important lipids are cholesterol and triglycerides (TG).
High levels of cholesterol or triglycerides in the blood can result in fatty deposits in the wall of the blood vessel. If this continues to occur, blood flow can be impeded and conditions such as atherosclerosis (hardening of the vessel walls) can develop.
3) Lung Function Test
To perform the test the individual takes one maximal inspiration of air and then maximally expires through a measurement device. The most commonly used measurements are forced vital capacity of the lungs, (FVC), forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV01 ), FEV01/FVC ratio and peak respiratory flow (PEF).
Lung spirometry testing is recommended for any smoker over the age of 45 years as well as anyone presenting with shortness of breath, chronic wheezing, coughing or mucus production. It is a simple non-invasive test that can be performed easily.
Results from this test can help identify respiratory obstructive abnormalities sometimes before signs and symptoms of disease are present.
4) Fasting Blood Glucose Test
This provides a snapshot of your blood glucose levels and gives us an indirect measurement of how your insulin is functioning. So, if the fasted blood glucose value is above the norm, this can indicate the insulin is not functioning how it should, which is a characteristic of type 2 diabetes.