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Effects of exercise and physical activity counselling on cardiorespiratory risk factors

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Effects of exercise and physical activity counselling on cardiorespiratory risk factors

Contextgetuka

Little research has investigated the impact of physical activity and exercise interventions on cardiovascular and metabolic health in 'real world settings' such as health clubs, sports centres etc. Most has been conducted in research environments such as hospitals or university laboratories.

Aim

This project examines the effectiveness of exercise when delivered in 'real world' settings by exercise professionals as opposed to in laboratory conditions by academics. The project was developed following a comprehensive review of the scientific research.

Pilot Study

In 2011 a pilot study with Impulse Leisure was conducted. It revealed that fitness centre based exercise and physical activity counselling both increased physical activity levels and reduced cardiovascular risk over a 12 week period.

Full Project

In late 2012 the full project started, taking place in 26 fitness centres, with more than 60 fitness professionals conducting the project and with over 1200 participants.

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