We are looking for men and women who are above BMI 25, and:
- aged between 25 and 60 years
- not engaging in sport or regular exercise
- available for testing between October and March (over the next three years)
What’s involved in the study
The VitaDEx study is the most comprehensive exercise study to date in our Department for Health. This project includes measurements of different aspects of:
- body composition (DEXA scans)
- energy expenditure
The project is funded by a grant from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).
This study involves measurements being taken on 12 to 14 occasions over roughly 4 months. You will be randomly assigned to either undertake a 10-week exercise programme, exercising 4 times per week, whilst maintaining your current body weight, or to maintain your current lifestyle habits for 10 weeks.
The participants who not asked to exercise in the study will be provided with the same personalised exercise programme after completing the study.
All testing is required to take place in the winter months (October to March).
You will receive a report of your data, and a personalised gym-based exercise programme. Everyone who completes the study will receive an inconvenience payment of £250 (Love2shop gift vouchers).
There is an optional element of the study involving two visits to the University of Birmingham, for which you will receive an additional inconvenience payment of £150 (Love2shop gift vouchers). Reasonable other travel costs incurred will be reimbursed.
Only the lead researcher, Dr Oliver Perkin and Chief Investigator, Professor Dylan Thompson will have access to the personal information you provide, and all records will be treated as confidential, including personal contact details.
This study has received ethical approval. 1
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