Tailoring fitness programmes will drive results and commitment

Tailoring fitness programmes will drive results and commitment

Many of us will have started the year with a renewed focus on getting fitter. However, by March the pressures of corporate life or injury often see frequency and commitment begin to slow from the pressures of working life or losing momentum after picking up an injury.
Dr Mark Gillett, Sport and Exercise Medicine Consultant within Perform, Spire Little Aston Hospital, looks at how it can work for you.

“Working life is busy, and the demands on an individual’s time often means regular gym attendance for an hour or two at a time, simply isn’t manageable.  Add to this the possibility of picking up an injury and it’s easy to see how the enthusiasm generated at the beginning of the year disappears.

“In fact, some people don’t even make it to March.  Research carried out by Allabouthealth.org.uk, showed that many fitness related resolutions last less than a couple of weeks.

“So, a well-intentioned start to the year falls back into the pattern of previous years, and the new fitness regime, gets shelved for another year.  But that need not be the case.

“The benefits are clear.  It is well documented that when the human body is performing at its optimum, factors such as immunity, concentration, energy and ability to cope with pressure, are impacted positively.

“This applies to all ages.  For example, a study carried out on a group of students (average age of 22 years), demonstrated how a 30-minute session of moderate-vigorous exercise could positively impact an individual’s planning and problem solving ability.  The study showed that performance improved significantly in the group of students having just exercised, compared to those having spent the same time reading.

“Put this improved performance into your workplace and you’ll see quick results which help to sustain the motivation needed to stick to your task.

“To do this, you have to find a regime that recognises time restrictions and allows you to act quickly if you pick up an injury.

“Perform, Spire Little Aston Hospital is working with individuals who want to improve their fitness but recognise the limitations on their time.  With expert knowledge of the body, and the ability to tailor programmes using the latest techniques used by sports professionals, we are able to make a fitness regime work for you that will maximise results and minimise the risk of injury.

“For some this could mean just a few changes.  While for those with a little more time, high intensity training – which involves short bursts of exercise at full physical capacity – is proving effective.

“When injuries do occur, perhaps through a fall or the development of joint pain, our self-pay walk-in Rapid Access Injury Clinic provides prompt consultant assessment, ensuring the minimal time necessary is spent away from the exercise programme.

“To achieve a fitness resolution, you need to feel the benefit from the start and know it will be sustainable.  Everyone can feel this benefit – it’s about developing a programme based on the demands on an individual’s time.”

Dr Mark Gillett is the Sport and Exercise Medicine Consultant at Perform, Spire Little Aston Hospital in Sutton Coldfield.  He leads a walk-in, self pay Rapid Access Injury Clinic at Spire Little Aston Hospital every Monday between 6pm and 8pm and is able to treat people of all ages and activity levels who may have developed joint pain or had recent bone, muscle or joint injury.

To find out more visit www.spireperform.com/birmingham or call 0121 580 7131.

The content of this article is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the professional medical advice of your doctor or other health care professional