University of Bath

Get active with our health study and receive a free exercise training programme

Take part in our study to learn more about how eating breakfast impacts on your exercise regime and receive a free, tailored, exercise training plan.

Get active and receive a free personalised training programme with our new health study
Get active and receive a free personalised training programme with our new health study

Regular exercise is often recommended as a prevention or treatment for obesity and type 2 diabetes, but people don’t always see the changes they expect and the results can vary a lot. Because of our busy lives, simply prescribing ‘more exercise’ often just doesn’t work.

Through this study, we’re looking at the effect eating breakfast before and after exercise has on the overall effectiveness of our training.

Take part

To be eligible for this study you need to be:

  • male
  • aged 18-49 years old
  • not currently exercising regularly
  • with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 25

You can calculate your BMI by dividing your weight in kilograms by your height in metres squared.

What's involved

You will need to travel to the University campus to take part.

On your first two visits, we will assess your eligibility, complete a health screen and collect baseline results. The visits will separated by one week during which we will ask you to document your activities and diet.

You will then be randomly assigned into one of three groups:

  • a group that exercises (cycling) three times a week before breakfast
  • a group that exercises (cycling) three times a week after breakfast
  • a group that maintains their normal lifestyle

Those in the exercise groups will complete six weeks of individually tailored, moderate intensity training at the University (3 times a week).

What you'll get

For taking part you’ll get:

  • a free, individually-tailored, fully-supervised training programme, completed using state-of-the-art sport science equipment
  • a comprehensive health assessment, including an assessment of diabetes risk and cholesterol profile as well as a detailed diet analysis
  • advice from exercise and nutrition specialists on how to improve your health and wellbeing

To take part, email

More about the study

Robert Edinburgh, who is leading the project, explained: “This is an exciting opportunity to get involved with some new research, looking at how to maximise the effectiveness of exercise.”

Dr Javier Gonzalez, the principal supervisor, added: “Many people struggle to lose weight when they start an exercise programme. This study will help us to understand what would be suitable to advise people to eat before exercise, in order to improve their chances of losing weight and improving their health.”

Through this study our researchers want to investigate different approaches to exercise, which might maximise health benefits including mitigating risk factors involved in developing type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and dementia.