Health Assessments powered by HAWQ Score
This health assessment is designed to provide a unique snapshot of your health and wellbeing, giving an insight into your fitness, health and risk status, encompassing HAWQ’s five pillars of health; body, mind, movement, nutrition and sleep. A HAWQ health coach will take you through a series of assessments over 60 minutes, followed by a 45 minute debrief to help you determine your baseline health and better understand how you can reach your health and wellbeing goals.
HAWQ’s five pillars of health
Body – your health goes beyond what the eye can see. By testing key health metrics including waist circumference and blood pressure, we can give you an insight into your health and risk status and provide you with personalised recommendations to help you be healthier.
Mind – there is no health without mental health. With a scientifically validated stress assessment paired with cognitive function testing, we help you understand more about your mental performance and provide tailored feedback to help you improve.
Movement – our testing is designed to measure multiple aspects of fitness, including cardiovascular fitness, strength endurance, balance and flexibility. Movement means something different to everyone so you will have the opportunity to set movement goals that are important to you and your health.
Nutrition – how we nourish our body has a strong impact on our health. Understanding how you currently eat is the starting place to move towards a healthier diet. You and your HAWQ health coach can discuss your nutrition in more detail – by understanding your specific goals, your coach can use tools such as a food diary to collect important information that can inform future coaching decisions and recommendations.
Sleep – sleep is a growing but still underrated area of health, having important knock-on effects on all other areas of our health. By understanding how you sleep, you and your HAWQ health coach can begin to explore how to improve both sleep quality and quantity to optimise your health.
A VO2max test is the gold standard for measuring cardiorespiratory fitness. It is also considered the single best predictor of long term health, with higher cardiorespiratory fitness being linked to a reduced risk of poor health outcomes including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, certain types of cancer, dementia and depression. The test investigates respiratory function during exercise to identify capacity or capability limitations. For the more performance driven individual, accurate heart rate training zones and cardiovascular limitations can be identified to optimise cardiovascular training.
A lung function test to identify capacity limitations, used to look at respiratory efficiency at rest and during exercise. This can be indicative of performance limitations such as poor thoracic/rib mobility, hyperventilation and inefficient breathing techniques. Recommendations to improve these factors will be provided where relevant.
Good cognitive function is important for short and long term health, determining our ability to think, learn and remember. Our cognition affects our current ability to perform, whether it’s the daily activities of life, work, or sport, by affecting our concentration, memory, attention span and more.
Random blood glucose
A random blood glucose test is used as an indication of blood sugar control, which can be an indicator for pre-diabetes and diabetes. Having poor blood sugar control can cause damage to blood vessels, eyes, kidneys and nerves and should be investigated further by a medical professional. For those interested in fueling for performance, it may be recommended to wear a continuous glucose monitor to gather more insight into your personal response to different foods.
Blood pressure is a key health metric and used as a risk factor for long term health outcomes such as cardiovascular disease and kidney disease. It can provide an insightful discussion into lifestyle choices including physical activity levels, alcohol consumption and diet. Blood pressure is a key component of any health assessment, with important related health outcomes and modifiable behaviours.
Waist circumference is an excellent indicator of stored fat around the middle, also known as visceral fat. Waist circumference is associated to all-cause mortality with higher visceral fat being associated with increased health risks, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure. Although it is healthy to have some body fat, it’s important to keep it within a healthy range.
These three physical evaluations are designed to test strength, endurance, flexibility and balance. Low levels of these three fitness aspects are associated to a reduced ability to carry out day-to-day activities, a reduced quality of life and increased risk of injury. All of these are very adaptable and can be improved through structured training, for which personalised recommendations will be given.
Cardiorespiratory function testing: RMR test
Resting metabolic rate indicates how many calories the body burns at rest which can be used to identify a calorie intake value to match specific goals whether it be weight loss, gain or maintenance. The test will explore fat efficiency and which energy sources the body favours at rest. Breathing will also be looked at to identify whether there is chronic hyperventilation at rest.
Please note that this test is an additional cost and will take an extra 30 minutes to complete.
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