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Exercise Physiology

The Exercise Physiologist is an allied health professional dedicated to examining responses on body systems produced by the practice of exercise and physical activities, as well as analysing the lack of physical activity and sedentary behaviours on health.

   How our Exercise Physiologist can help

  • examining  lifestyle behaviours, heart rate parameters, physical fitness and cognitive performance
  • checking and monitoring health indicators, cardiovascular and metabolic risk factors
  • conducting physical activity and exercise counselling and supervision
  • supporting patients in adopting or maintaining healthy lifestyle behaviours
  • discussing and providing exercise programmes based on your health status, goals, abilities and interests
  • planning exercise pre and post rehabilitation treatment or surgery

Health & Lifestyle Assessment

Health & Lifestyle is an ample and evidence-based assessment of over 25 physiological, metabolic and cardiovascular markers, for adults of all ages (especially over 50s) apparently healthy and those with cardiovascular, metabolic, musculoskeletal, neuromuscular and immunologic conditions.

The purpose is to checking and monitoring your lifestyle activities pattern, overall health, physical and cognitive performance.

To book an appointment


020 8458 7869

You can also check dates for availability and book appointments online

Sutherland House Physiologists

Dr. Alexsander Guimarães BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD
Clinical Exercise Physiologist

Health & Lifestyle Assessments

Two appointments

  • 1 assessment session (~ 1:30h)
  • 1 to discuss results

Cognitive assessment & heart rate parameters during performance of tests.

Two appointments

  • 1 assessment session (~ 1h)
  • 1 to discuss results

We also offer special pricing for multiple assessments

View an example Body Composition – Prevention Check Report

Tests offered

  • Lifestyle behaviours: (a week using a modern and scientifically validated wrist-worn accelerometer)
    • habitual physical activities (active time)
    • sedentary activities time (inactive, sitting, lying)
    • sleep patterns: duration and quality/efficiency
    • steps taken per day
    • total calories burned per day
  • Body Composition
    • muscle mass %
    • body fat and visceral fat %
    • bone mass
    • body water / hydration level
    • metabolic age
    • circumferences
    • skinfolds
  • Heart Rate parameters  (resting, aerobic exercise and cognitive tests)
    • heart rate variability (HRV)
    • stress level
    • ideal zone of intensity of physical activity/ exercise
  • Blood pressure
  • Blood test
    • glucose (diabetes)
    • cholesterol
    • uric acid
  • Muscular strength and endurance (lower and upper body strength
  • Flexibility (hamstrings, hip and low back flexibility)
  • Agility and dynamic balance
  • Cardiorespiratory fitness
    • submaximal exercise test (cycle ergometer test)
    • peak expiratory flow test: how well lungs are working
  • Cognitive performance (computerised cognitive tests)
    • memory
    • Information processing speed
    • attention
    • reaction time
    • executive function (mental processes that enable planning, focus attention and perform multiple tasks)


How will the Health & Lifestyle assessment help me?

The outcomes provide precious information on your current health status. The follow-up over time may help you to compare and check how your lifestyle behaviours may influence health indicators.

Our physiologist will help you to achieve your personal health goals, considering your individual experiences, interests, skills and abilities.

  • help to adopt or maintain an active lifestyle to perform daily activities, move independently with autonomy across the lifespan
  • discuss and create behavioural and motivational strategies for a healthy active lifestyle
  • conduct physical activity or exercise programmes and education counselling.
  • improve/enhance physical and cognitive performance

We will discuss alternatives for you to engage in regular physical activity, improve your physical performance and reduce long periods of physical inactivity.

In addition, we will discuss with you how to reduce risk factors associated with physical and mental health problems, such as:

  • heart and metabolic disorders
  • diabetes
  • disturbed sleep patterns
  • physical and cognitive decline
  • chronic pain and injury
  • stress level

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North West London, East Finchley, Barnet, Edgware, Golders Green

View an example Health & Lifestyle Assessment report

To book an appointment


020 8458 7869

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Benefits of Regular Physical Activity and Exercises

Nowadays, regular physical activity and exercises are considered as medicine.

Principally, because regular physical activity/exercise can reduce the risk of many chronic conditions including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, obesity, mental health problems and musculoskeletal conditions.

Although physical activity and exercise are terms used interchangeably, their definitions differ:

Physical Activity: is any body movement produced by skeletal muscles that increases energy expenditure above resting level.
Exercise: is a subcategory of physical activity that is planned, structured, repetitive, and conducive to maintenance or improvement of physical fitness/performance and health indicators.

Physical activity/exercise is an important element in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease, may reduce the occurrence/severity of conditions related to unhealthy lifestyles and produce long-term effects on health.

Also, it is associated with reducing the effects of biological and functional ageing (physical changes that reduce the efficiency of body systems).

The benefits of an active lifestyle go beyond just the physical factors; they are psychological, personal and social aspects, as well.

Overall, strong evidence demonstrates that individuals who are more active, compared to the less active:

  • have lower rates of all-cause mortality, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and depression
  • exhibit a higher level of cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness
  • are more likely to achieve weight maintenance, have a healthier body mass and composition

The current guidelines recommend that adults (18–64 years) and older adults (>65 years) should aim to be active daily:

1. Over a week, activity should add up to at least 150 minutes (2½ hours) of moderate intensity activity in bouts of 10 minutes or more – one way to approach this is to do 30 minutes on at least 5 days a week.

2. Alternatively, comparable benefits can be achieved through 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity spread across the week or combinations of moderate and vigorous intensity activity.

3. All adults should minimise the amount of time spent being sedentary (sitting) for extended periods. Also, undertake physical activity to improve muscle strength on at least two days a week.

4. Older adults at risk of falls should incorporate physical activity to improve balance and coordination on at least two days a week.

However, exercise also may produce health risk factors, such as: musculoskeletal and spinal injuries, pain, heart complications, and even sudden death.

Doses of moderate physical activity equivalent to meeting current recommendations may attenuate or eliminate those risk factors.

Precautionary closure due to Covid-19

Following the escalation of Covid-19 precautions and due to the recommendation of our governing bodies that all hands on treatment should be stopped. Unfortunately, we have decided with a heavy heart that with effect from Monday, 23rd March 2020 we will remain closed until further notice.

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