Professional Measurements and Recommendations for Optimal Results
- The MetaCheck™
- CardioCoach CO2™
- GE DEXA Total Bone Density Scan
- GE DEXA Total Body Fat and Muscle Composition Scan
The Harding Medical Institute’s nutritional and fitness prescriptions are based on science and specialized measurements, to provide the best information about your metabolism, exercise endurance, and body composition, so you can efficiently achieve results. The MetaCheck™and CardioCoach CO2™are two systems utilized at the Harding Medical Institute that provide an accurate, professional Metabolic Rate Measurements to maximize efforts in personalized weight loss, muscle gain and exercise programs.
In the past, these measurements have only been available to elite athletes by using cumbersome, expensive equipment, and were generally only available at hospitals and research centers. Today, the MetaCheck™ provides the same critical data with just a simple breath test. As a result, our physicians are able to give you a specific calorie count to achieve your body composition goals based on your metabolism. For those who need to lose weight they can now eat the maximum amount of calories that their body burns and achieve their goals rapidly.
MetaCheck™ Metabolic Rate Analysis System – Do you have a slow metabolism?
- Determines Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) which are the calories you burn at rest
- Provides Prescription for daily target caloric intake for efficient results
Professional Vo2 Measurements with Scientific Results:
The CardioCoach CO2™ VO2 Max Testing is a scientific way to work out. It provides important data, which our physicians use to customize an individual’s exercise prescription. A VO2 test measures the amount of oxygen your body uses at different exertional levels as you exercise. This is done as you breathe through a mask during an exercise evaluation and your caloric burn is measured. The recorded information is then used by our physicians to calculate your personal Target Intensity Zones.
These specific heart rate zones will give you the specific target heart rates required for each level of exercise intensity. Exercising within your target heart rate zones will get you the results that will amaze you. Target Intensity Zones will maximize your workout with fewer injuries, less fatigue, less pain and result in rapid results.
CardioCoach CO2™ -Train Smarter, Not Harder
Fitness Assessment – a personal exercise prescription.
- Advanced V02 Exercise Assessments
- Calories burned during exercise at specific heart rates
- VO2 Max
- C02 AnalysisFat/CHO/Kcals (RQ/RER)
In addition, we offer a GE DEXA Densitometry and Total Body Composition Scans. The total body scan gives accurate bone density, lean muscle mass and body fat percentiles. The information obtained from testing and highly comprehensive blood analysis is used by our physicians at the Harding Medical Institute to design a comprehensive program for you to achieve your short-term and long-term fitness and health goals.
Exercise Health Benefit 1: Lower cholesterol
As most men get older, cholesterol numbers begin to move in the wrong direction. Levels of so-called bad cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL), gradually increase. Levels of good cholesterol, called high-density lipoprotein (HDL), tend to fall. Unfortunately, that combination of high LDL and low HDL is one of the leading risk factors for heart disease. Excess cholesterol accumulates on the inner lining of blood vessels, leading to arthrosclerosis and heart attacks. The best way to keep LDL cholesterol levels down is to eat a diet low in saturated fat (the kind found in meat and high-fat dairy products.) The single best way to boost good HDL cholesterol? Exercise. A 2007 Danish study of 835 men found that regular physical activity was consistently associated with higher levels of HDL cholesterol. A meta-analysis of 52 exercise training trials, including 4700 subjects, found that HDL levels increased an average of 4.6 percent, enough to take a significant notch out of heart disease risk.
Exercise Health Benefit 2: Lower triglycerides
Triglycerides are a form of fat found in the blood. Rising triglyceride levels are associated with increased risk of heart disease. The same Danish study that found higher levels of HDL showed that the most active men also had the lowest triglyceride levels.
Exercise Health Benefit 3: Lowers risk of high blood pressure
As blood pressure climbs, the risk of heart disease and stroke accelerates. Unfortunately, blood pressure levels typically climb as men get older. But they don’t have too. In a study published in 2007, University of Minnesota researchers followed men and women 18 to 30 years old for up to 15 years. The more physically active the volunteers were, the lower their risk of developing hypertension.
Exercise Health Benefit 4: Reduced inflammation
Regular exercise has been shown to reduce levels of C-reactive protein, a measure of inflammation. That matters because cholesterol-laden plaques on the lining of arteries are most likely to break off and cause heart attacks when they become inflamed. A 2006 study by researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota found that men with high levels of aerobic fitness, measured as VO2max, had lower levels of C-reactive protein, along with other markers of inflammation.
Exercise Health Benefit 5: Better blood vessels
To respond to changing demands for oxygen, blood vessels must be flexible enough to widen and narrow. Smoking, cholesterol build-up, and just plain aging tend to stiffen vessels, increasing heart attack risk. A growing number of studies show that exercise training helps maintain the ability of blood vessels to open and constrict in response to changing physical demands.
Exercise Health Benefit 6: Lower risk of diabetes
Adult onset diabetes, fueled mostly by too much body fat, is one of the biggest health worries on the horizon. Staying active can help you keep the weight off. But research shows that even for people who are overweight or obese, exercise reduces the risk of diabetes. The Diabetes Prevention Program found that an exercise and weight loss program lowered the risk of type 2 diabetes by a whopping 58% over a three-year period. And the volunteers in that program weren’t running marathons. In fact, the exercise they were doing was the equivalent of burning only an additional 593 calories of energy, about the equivalent of walking around six miles a week for most men.
Exercise Health Benefit 7: A hedge against colon cancer
Colon cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer death in men. Approximately 80% of cases of this grim disease could be prevented, experts say. A healthier diet (with more fiber and whole grains) is part of the prescription. But exercise turns out to be just as important as diet. Studies
have shown that physical activity may reduce colon cancer risk, by as much as 30 to 40%.
Exercise Health Benefit 8: Strong bones
Another unwelcome effect of aging is thinning bones, which can lead to a greater risk of fractures. In a study that followed 3,262 men from their 40s to their 60s, strenuous physical activity dramatically lowered the risk of hip fractures.
Exercise Health Benefit 9: Weight loss
If vanity is enough to nudge you to the gym, consider this: A lifetime of regular physical activity, even activities as simple as walking half an hour most days can help keep that belly from bulging over your belt. In findings from the National Weight Control Registry, experts looked at the habits of 3,000 people who lost more than 10% of their body weight and managed to keep it off for at least a year. Eight out of 10 of them, it turned out, reported increasing their physical exercise regimen. The men in the group cranked up their activities, walking, cycling, weight lifting, aerobics, running, and stair climbing enough to burn an additional 3,298 calories a week.
Several recent studies have shown that men who report doing more physical activity also have slimmer waistlines. In a 2006 study at Ball State University, a group of 58 volunteers started a program of walking 10,000 steps a day. After 36 weeks, the volunteers had trimmed almost an inch from their waists and a similar amount from their hips.
Exercise Health Benefit 10: A longer life
Add it all up and an active life also means a longer and healthier life. In a 2004 study at Finland’s University of Kuopio, researchers followed 15,853 men aged 30 to 59. Over a 20 year period, men who engaged in physically active, leisure activities, jogging, skiing, swimming, playing ball, or doing serious gardening, were up to 21% less likely to develop cardiovascular disease or to die of any cause during the study period.
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