User story: Sophia uses My Nightingale to track the effects of her daily workouts on her long-term health

The 37-year-old actor was introduced to the My Nightingale test last September as a part of a two-month long health project Upp och Hoppa (Swedish for Up and Jump). “At first, I was skeptical about how a blood test could reveal anything about my daily activity levels. But then I saw my results and was positively surprised,” says Sophia.

Sticking to health routines is easier said than done. Sophia too has been on a typical hot-and-cold cycle for around 8 years now. “I have worked out a lot in my life, but it's always a 100% for six months, and then I don't do anything for a year. Then I go and buy myself a gym card and again workout for another six months, three times a week, and then again nothing,” she confesses.

So, when she finally found a rhythm during last year’s lockdown, she wanted to hold on to it and not lose motivation. That is when she was asked to join the Upp och Hoppa group - their aim was to make more active days a habit and see how that improves health in two months’ time. And the project kicked-off with Nightingale’s baseline blood test.

“I must say I was very skeptical about the blood test. I had no idea you could track your everyday lifestyle and health with blood. I asked my trainer –– what does a blood test have to do with getting into a routine in your life? I had no idea how your blood values are connected to your workouts and daily habits,” says Sophia. “Also, I knew that we had only two months' time. I was not sure if we would see any real improvement in such a short time,” she adds.

However, when the results came, she was surprised how much her blood values could reveal about her daily lifestyle.

New revelations and motivation

Sophia’s baseline test results showed that her cholesterol results were not optimal, and there was still room for improvement. “This was a surprise revelation for me as I relatively eat healthy, don’t eat much meat or junk food and I talked to my coach about it that how it could be also genetic, but still they could be improved with better lifestyle and more active life,” she says.

For the next couple of months Sophia kept a regular activity routine, along with some minor adjustments to her food. And her results went from average to good. “I was really surprised that there were improvements in such a brief time without having to make any radical changes,” Sophia says.

And that is why it will be interesting to see how much things will change in half a year’s time, when Sophia plans to take her second follow-up test.

Sophia's next steps

“When you succeed with something, you always want to go on,” say Sophia.

The progress she made within the last months was motivational and she therefore plans to stick to the routine, even though the project has ended. "If it's this easy, then I want to keep going on, keep improving my health scores and check my blood values at least once a year,” Sophia says.

“I'm even thinking about recommending this to my mom, who should be doing the same routine,” she adds.

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