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Stand up!


December 22nd, 2014

The media has been reporting that we should all stand up more, so this means standing to work rather than sitting; walking or pacing when using the telephone, and generally being upright for a lot more of the day that we are perhaps used to. So what’s behind this suggestion? There has been a flurry of recent research into this and the findings suggest that being upright and slowly mobilising whist carrying out everyday tasks can lower the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and also reduce obesity levels because low intensity exercise (which standing and pacing are) modify energy expenditure quite a lot. A study in 2007 by Levine and Miller outlined this process and from their research a ‘walk and stand desk’ was created.

The media has been reporting that we should all stand up more, so this means standing to work rather than sitting; walking or pacing when using the telephone, and generally being upright for a lot more of the day that we are perhaps used to. So what’s behind this suggestion? There has been a flurry of recent research into this and the findings suggest that being upright and slowly mobilising whist carrying out everyday tasks can lower the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and also reduce obesity levels because low intensity exercise (which standing and pacing are) modify energy expenditure quite a lot. A study in 2007 by Levine and Miller outlined this process and from their research a ‘walk and stand desk’ was created.

This new regime is not just for office workers though; it has been taken up by those involved in childhood obesity research, diabetes research and also stress management research because it has been found that standing up more in all daily activities can yield significant benefits for our health. Therefore reading the paper, eating breakfast, speaking to clients on the telephone, can all (it is suggested) be easily done whilst standing. Research suggests that more standing and less sitting promotes an optimum metabolic level whilst the converse has a negative effect on cholesterol levels and fat metabolism. Standing up for three hours a day can use up an extra 750 calories which is a significant amount of energy. The benefits of this rather non- physical form of exercise should not be underestimated as it has other positive effects too, for example it improves balance and posture!

Schools in the UK are using this idea to try and tackle high levels of obesity in school age children. According to the Mail Online (2014), one school involved in a recent research study have been given adjustable desks which allow them to stand and do their schoolwork so that they are not sitting all the time they are in class. The research is based on the statistics that children living in developed countries spend 65% of their waking hours sitting down and these types of sedentary habits generally continue into adulthood; so the intention is to instil a healthier approach to low intensity exercise.

References

Clark, Laura, (2014) www.dailymail.co.uk

Levine JA, and Miller J. (2007) The energy expenditure of using a “walk-and-work” desk for office-workers with obesity. British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Categories: Health Care, Sports & Fitness


Finding Fitness Courses to suit you


September 27th, 2013

The range of Sport and Fitness Courses available from BSY offers a great variety to choose from.  Choices range from Mid-Section Trainer to Pilates and from Chi Kung to Gym Instructor.  One factor that all of these courses have in common is that exercise is good for us and it can make us feel good too.  It relieves stress and tension in the body, which is good for us both physically and mentally, and can improve heart and lung function, along with other physical benefits.

Having already studied the Alexander Technique and Sports Injuries, Adele Page decided that she wanted to continue her professional development by studying BSY’s Clinical Personal Fitness Trainer course.  She said that she found that open learning is the best option for her.  Many students comment on how convenient they find studying with BSY, often fitting learning in with being a busy mother, or having a job where they work long hours.  The fact that there are no deadlines means that students can work at their own pace, without the pressures of deadlines and fixed examination dates.  Adele commented on the wide and varied range of courses available with BSY, and the fact that some of the courses are not available elsewhere.  In future, she would like to complement her qualifications by studying Sports Nutrition.

Evelyn Spence also chose to study with BSY.  She elected to train as a Clinical Personal Fitness Trainer so that she can continue her instructing along the GP referral route.  She too chose to study with BSY because she could study at home, and at her own pace.  She said that she was impressed by the good, quick feedback that she received.  In the future she wants to work with clients on referral schemes from their doctor.  As a first time student with BSY, she said that to anyone thinking of studying with BSY she would say that it is worthwhile and gives you more knowledge.

Melissa Rayner enrolled to study to be a Personal Fitness Trainer.  She said that she chose this from BSY’s Fitness Courses because she believed that she could do it better than the people she employed!  She runs one hour bootcamp sessions, plus day and weekend fitness camps for women.  She enrolled because studying with BSY suited her time wise.  She commented that she has a small baby, and studying is often done between 5am and 6am.  In the future, she is considering studying Yoga and Pilates courses, and to anyone thinking of studying with BSY, her advice is “go for it!”

If you would like to know more about BSY’s Fitness Courses, why not phone us and speak to one of friendly and knowledgeable tutors and advisors by calling Freephone 0800 731 9271, or visit our website

Categories: Sports & Fitness


The many benefits discovered by BSY students learning about Fitness Training


July 5th, 2013

Learning about Fitness training not only leads to BSY students qualifying to help other people, but also gives them the knowledge to look after their own fitness needs.

Jonathon Knight said that he is hugely passionate about sports and fitness, and wanted to turn his passion into a career.  He said, “to be able to do a job that I love, to be able to turn your most treasured hobby into a career is simply amazing.”  He had previously studies Personal Training, Gym Instructor and Sports Injuries with BSY.  He said that he chose BSY because they were a reputable company with an excellent record, and provide fantastic customer service and tutorial help and advice, as well as providing clear, informative and easy to understand courses.  When asked what he had been most happy about with his recent course, he replied, “all of it. I simply can’t find any fault with any of the courses that I have studied.”  In the future he wants to progress into a career and industry which he really wants to get involved with.  He has in fact already started his change of career direction.  Since studying with BSY he has moved into Gym Instructing.  To anyone thinking of studying with BSY, his advice would be, “don’t think, just do it and reap the rewards.  From personal experience I would say if you want a course to change your life for the better in career terms, this is the College to study with.”

Tony Lea chose his Personal Fitness Trainer course because it was a home study course and not expensive, yet provided him with all the support he needs.  He chose to study with BSY because it was easy to establish over the internet, the course is broken down into manageable sections, and there is no time limit to finish the course.  He is very happy with the good feed back that he receives from the BSY team.  This encourages and motivates him to study hard, and his course has inspired him to change his career.  Future courses he would like to study include Sports Injuries, Nutrition and Sports Massage.

Someone who leads a frenetic life style is Martin Fraser.  He wanted to use his Fitness Training to lead to future employment post retirement and found that the flexibility and cost effectiveness of studying with BSY was ideal for him.  He thinks that his training will increase his marketability in the health industry, which is where he sees his future career.   To anyone thinking of studying with BSY, he says that it is the best medium for studying if you have a busy lifestyle.

Click here to find out more about Fitness Training with BSY, or call on Freephone 0800 731 9271 to speak to our tutors and advisors.

Categories: Sports & Fitness

It's excellent, and fits in with my busy lifestyle an I have enjoyed learning academically as well as physically. The assignments are returned promptly so that I can start on another. The staff have been very helpful. I just wish I had enrolled years ago.
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