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As New Year health kicks are in full swing, a team of sports scientists from Sheffield Hallam University investigate the truth about getting fit in a new BBC programme out tomorrow.

'The Truth About Getting Fit' will see presenter Dr Michael Mosely team up with scientists and academics to turn what you know about fitness on its head and uncover the most effective ways to get the benefits of exercise.

Rob Copeland, a professor of physical activity and health, along with his team at Sheffield Hallam University have been working with a group of participants who work for the manufacturing company, Gripple in Sheffield. The team has been putting to the test the most beneficial ways of implementing exercise into daily lives.

Professor Copeland, who is also the director of the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine in Sheffield said: "Many of us know that being physically active is one of the best things we can do to improve our health and wellbeing, however, it's not always easy to fit into our busy lives.

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"In this programme we explored whether a target of the recommended 10,000 steps a day actually helped workers at Gripple to increase their physical activity or was there another , potentially more effective target that helped them get fit and improve their health and wellbeing?"

'The Truth About Getting Fit' will be broadcast on Wednesday 31st January at 8pm on BBC One.

For press information: Contact Deanna Coult in the Sheffield Hallam University press office on 0114 225 5234 or email