Physical activity interventions and changes in body composition and metabolism

Our goal is to optimise physical activity interventions to help previously inactive women improve their body shape and composition. Many exercise interventions are too demanding or rigid and therefore not sustainable, so inevitably lead to rebound in these desired attributes.

Perhaps what is needed is a more flexible physical activity programme, with more emphasis on body composition instead of body weight. We are investigating whether a points-based approach to physical activity can improve body composition more than with a traditional exercise program.

Our research aim is therefore to compare women randomly assigned to 3 groups: a points-based physical activity intervention, a traditional exercise intervention and a waiting-list control group. In these women we will be monitoring changes in metabolic rate, fat burning capacity, body composition and tone.


The study will be coordinated from the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Birmingham. Participants will have to make a total of five visits: one preliminary session (to assess suitability, to acquire consent, and to familiarise potential participants to equipment and testing procedures), one session to collect baseline data, followed by further data collections at 4 and 12 weeks of the intervention and a final data collection visit at 12 weeks of follow-up.



We are recruiting female non-smokers, above ideal weight, aged 25-50 years. Participants need to be inactive (< 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity per week).

The taster sessions will be held in room G86 in The School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences (building Y14 on this campus map).

Please email any queries to Dr Andrew Blannin (