A DANCE and health studio based in Walsall has come up with a get-fit program aimed at computer sloths. Microfitness is geared to get your corpuscles moving, the program first gives you a few simple exercises to perform and then tells you how unfit you are.
Before the program can gauge your fitness level it asks you a series of detailed questions about your body's dimensions including how much extra fat you are carrying and your resting heart rate.
You then start to get physical and are given a series of simple exercise to perform. The data from these helps the computer to predict accurately your anaerobic power, muscle power and flexibility, amongst others.
A detailed booklet comes with the package giving diagrams and explanations on each exercise. To relieve the tedium of the computer screen, a line drawing of a man performing each exercise shows how it should be done.
Should you find certain exercises difficult you are told in no uncertain terms to consult your doctor before continuing with the assessment.
Once your physical state has been decided, you can choose from among 54 sporting activities, those on which to base your training schedule. Those include running, jogging, windsurfing, skiing and also less strenuous sports like golf and snooker. It is difficult to imagine anyone getting fit playing snooker - unless that is, they keep well away from the beer. Having chosen your sports, you are given a strict training program designed to push you, with points being awarded at the end of each session according to how well you have done.
Microfitness has been well documented and all computations are based on the national norm. For those who are fitness freaks this program is a godsend - for those who are not, it might be a good idea to try it - you never know, you might end up attempting a marathon.