As part of my membership package at Nuffield Health, I had the option to book in for a Health MOT which is a free one-hour health check for all gym members.
What To Expect At Your Health MOT
I met up with Rebecca, a Wellbeing Personal Trainer at Nuffield City to take me through the process. We began with some lifestyle questions…how much do I drink, how much sleep do I get, any conditions I am predisposed to… y’know, the usual.
The aim of the meeting is to determine your ‘Health Score’ – a number between 0 – 1000 to show you where you are now, so you can follow your progress from following any advice given and training. Nuffield Health recommend that you take a Health MOT every three months to benchmark your fitness and adapt your training to stay on track.
The MOT also included calculating my VO2 max, BMI, Waist to Hip Ratio as well as Blood Glucose and Cholesterol which are key health tests. I was most interested in the Blood Glucose and Cholesterol as those are two measurements I haven’t done in the past 10 years since leaving University.
Know Your Blood Pressure?
Optimum blood pressure (BP) is a sign of a healthy body. Dr Max Brenske says “[we should all] learn why blood pressure is important. High blood pressure means there is an increased risk of having a stroke or a heart attack. It also means that small blood vessels are under severe strain…
For the VO2 max, I just had to wear a HR monitor, sit back and relax (far from the effort I had to exert for my VO2 max testing on the Watt Bike before xmas). The results actually came out pretty similar.
BMI: healthy weight
Waist to Hip Ratio: moderate risk
Blood Pressure: good level
VO2 max: good
Resting Heart Rate: normal
Cholesterol: good level
Blood Glucose: good level
My Nuffield Health Score: 708
My score is dynamic, it will move with me and reflect my lifestyle
choices in real-time.
“Making improvements in lifestyle will increase your HealthScore. E.g. If
your blood pressure decreases over time due to a change in your eating
habits and exercise regime, and you update this information on the
system then this will positively affect your HealthScore.”
Wellbeing Action Points:
- Increase water consumption
…yup, I knew this was coming! Being out and about so much I worry about getting caught out so never drink enough. I think though, drinking more water would help me to feel less tired, more alert and more energetic.
My entire MOT report was emailed to me as well as being stored online so when I go in again my results can be directly compared. The MOT is a great opportunity to get a better understanding of your health and wellbeing; you’ve got a professional there to ask any questions you need to to help you make positive changes in your life!
Do you know your health statistics?!