Study Details

As part of the study you will:

  • Perform 30-50 minutes of aerobic exercise 3 times per week for 30 weeks in an advanced training program using computerized heart rate monitors with audible feedback.
  • Receive an evaluation of your physical fitness and body composition at the beginning, mid-point, and end of the study.
  • Complete questionnaires about your general health, and other factors related to fitness.
  • Provide a small blood sample (~4 tsp) at the beginning, mid-point, and end of the study for blood tests including cholesterol, blood sugar, and DNA analysis.

Potential Benefits of Study

The possible benefits of your participation in this study include:

  • having advanced assessments of the state of your body composition, fat distribution, physical fitness, and blood profiles.
  • learning more about how your body responds to physical activity and about the factors that influence your response following exercise.
  • understanding possible reasons for weight gain and the impact of eating habits and exercise on body weight and fat.
  • having more energy and stamina for every day activities!

Potential Risks of Study
Physical and psychological risks are expected to be minimal.  Routine, non-invasive body size measurements and blood pressure measurements will be made during the study.

Areas of risk may include:

  • Blood Draw:  Potential Risks include faintness, swelling, and inflammation at the site of the blood draw.
  • Body Composition Analysis:  Performed by the dual-energy X-Ray absorptiometry (DXA).  A very low intensity X-ray beam is used, comparable to the average daily exposure (background level in the US) from natural sources, such as the sun, rocks in the earth, other people, etc.

There are no charges for any of the tests (including the DXA scan), laboratory work, or the physical examination.  Transportation and parking costs will not be reimbursed.  You will not be paid for taking part in this study.

All the information you provide for this study will be kept confidential as required by law.