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Introducing our new range of Health and Fitness Checks, designed for fitness enthusiasts of all levels, who wish to gain insights into their inner health to improve their sporting progress.
Making exercise a regular part of life can transform your health. We believe that monitoring progress and seeing the positive changes that exercise can bring is a fantastic motivator, which is why a blood test is a perfect way to ignite the fitness fire inside all of us and provide the much-needed encouragement for us to continue to train hard.
To make monitoring fitness a simple process, we have designed a new range of tests - our Health and Fitness Checks! They are ideal for monitoring overall wellbeing whilst also tracking key markers that can affect your training. There are 3 tests to choose from in the range: the Essential, Plus, and Advanced, which give sports beginners and professional athletes alike a comprehensive insight into their inner health and athletic performance.
Key health markers which are measured in the checks include the following:
Having low iron can eventually lead to anaemia, with symptoms including tiredness and fatigue. Those with low iron will often notice their sporting performance begin to drop off. Therefore, to optimise performance, iron levels should be checked to make sure they are healthy.
This test looks at your creatinine (a waste product from wear and tear on the muscles) and urea (breakdown product from protein) levels. Vigorous exercise can cause both of these to increase, which can lead to kidney damage.
The majority of people in the UK are deficient in vitamin D. Low levels of vitamin D can cause fatigue which may affect your sporting performance. Checking your vitamin D levels and supplementing vitamin D if necessary to get levels up to a healthy range, will help to optimise your performance. There is increasing evidence to suggest that athletes deficient in vitamin D will be more prone to inflammation, stress fractures and other musculoskeletal injuries.
Exercise is perceived by the body as a form of stress and stimulates the release of cortisol (the “energy” or “stress” hormone). Extreme high or low cortisol levels can have big effects on energy, wellbeing and appearance. Overtraining may cause elevated cortisol levels which increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and adrenal fatigue.
Diabetes is caused by excessive glucose or sugar remaining in the blood rather than getting into the cells for energy. People who eat a diet high in sugar and refined carbohydrates are more at risk of developing diabetes. Good exercise and nutrition are vital as both promote weight loss and it doesn’t have to be high-intensity exercise either - studies have shown that just walking each day can help bring the sugar levels down.
Testosterone acts directly to stimulate muscle growth in men and women, so low levels can affect muscle mass. Testosterone also affects mood and motivation. Having a greater understanding of your testosterone levels can help to optimise your sporting performance.
There is no greater motivation than seeing yourself improve. Blood tests are an excellent way to give you a window into how your body functions and how the choices you make every day can affect your health and well-being. Small adjustments to training, nutrition, rest and recovery can all play a part in optimising your performance - the evidence is in your blood.