Weight Management Service – Exercise Pathway
The Weight Management Service Exercise Pathway, has trained exercise referral instructors (senior health advisors and exercise facilitators), who will help you to increase your physical activity, exercise, and fitness levels, to support your weight loss.
Support is delivered over 12 months, via 3 monthly 1-1 senior health advisor contacts to motivate support and review your exercise and weight management progress. These include fitness and lifestyle assessments to assess your current suitability for exercise, considering any health conditions, lifestyle factors, and barriers that you might face. Exercise prescription, goal setting and signposting to both community and service led exercise activities is also involved.
Physical activity and exercise
Physical activity and exercise are essential for maintaining good general health and well-being, play an important role in effective weight management and can contribute towards weight loss.
Benefits of physical activity and exercise
Regular physical activity is proven to help prevent and manage non-communicable diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, several cancers and many more. It also helps prevent hypertension, maintain healthy body weight and can improve mental health, quality of life, and well-being.
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What is Physical activity?
The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines physical activity as: “Any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that requires energy expenditure. Physical activity refers to all movement including during leisure time, for transport to get to and from places, or as part of a person’s work. Both moderate- and vigorous-intensity physical activity improve health.”
Some examples of physical activity are walking, cycling, swimming, gardening, and sports.
What is Exercise?
“A type of physical activity consisting of planned, structured, repetitive bodily movements done to improve or maintain one or more components of physical fitness.” – American College of sports medicine, 2010
Increasing your physical activity and/or exercise levels can help you to lose weight through increasing your Total Daily Energy Expenditure (TDEE).
Alongside any improved dietary changes you make, increased levels of physical activity and exercise, can help you in achieving a calorie deficit to promote weight loss.
Home Exercise plans
If appropriate, the service can provide a tailor-made exercise plan for you to perform independently at home. This will be adapted to your current fitness level and will consider any health conditions, to provide a safe and effective exercise plan to suit your needs.
Virtual Exercise Sessions
The exercise pathway offers; 1-1 virtual exercise and personal training sessions, involving tailored and supervised exercise instruction and guidance delivered through video consultation.
We soon hope to resume the option of face-to-face group and 1-1 exercise sessions (previously available from the service pre covid-19 pandemic within Community Trust Clinic venues across Wirral).