Medical Fitness - Fitness for Medical Health
Many physical inactivity related diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, obesity and high cholesterol can be prevented and/or treated by being more physically active. Depending on your health and fitness situation choose from a range of testing services and programmes that will suit your individual situation.
Each of our MedFit programmes consist is available for all people to join (HKU Staff and Students will have a discounted price).
Next round of classes will start in the week of the 29th of January 2024.
Registration of the classes will start on the 12th of January 2024 at 10am.
Those at risk of low muscle mass or muscle loss
Sarcopenia Prevention (Low Muscle Mass)
The inevitability of aging leads to a decrease in muscle mass, with a 1% decrease yearly after the age of 50. By our 80th birthday our muscle mass has decreased approximately 30% since its peak in our 20s (1). Sarcopenia (low muscle mass) can contribute to loss of muscular strength and function, increased risk of falls and eventual decreased independence and quality of life. Lack of physical activity is a known modifiable risk factor for sarcopenia (2), as such aerobic and resistance training positively improves muscle strength and function (3).
This 10-week exercise intervention not only aims to increase your physical activity and fitness levels but also help increase and/or maintain your muscle mass. After completing the gold-standard DXA bone density scan, you will be guided into a 10-week training intervention by CSE Exercise Specialists. Training will be conducted using various monitoring system to ensure effective workouts to help functional strength and increase muscle mass.
1. Hughes VA, Frontera WR, Roubenoff R, et al. Longitudinal changes in body composition in older men and women: role of body weight change and physical activity. Am J Clin Nutr 2002;76:473-81.
2. Therakomen V, Petchlorlian A, Lakananurak N. Prevalence and risk factors of primary sarcopenia in community-dwelling outpatient elderly: a cross-sectional study. Sci Rep. 2020 Nov 11;10(1)
3. Yoo SZ, No MH, Heo JW, Park DH, Kang JH, Kim SH, Kwak HB. Role of exercise in age-related sarcopenia. J Exerc Rehabil. 2018 Aug 24;14(4):551-558