Every morning I wake up and ask myself, “How much do I weigh today?” I hop on the scale and I either get a negative or positive feedback. I catch myself, even though I know that there are so many other factors that go into my health and fitness than just my weight alone. Is it normal to feel this way? For many of us, this number can be the indicator of our overall well being, which at times, can impact us negatively and discourage us from reaching our health and fitness goals.
Don’t give up on your health and fitness goals.
For those who don’t know, body weight alone is not a good measure of overall fitness or health. Even scales that test our body fat cannot always be trusted for accuracy and are limited in the information they provide.
At SpecialtyHealth, for years we have done waist circumference measurements and body fat testing, but recently we have taken body composition measurements to the next level. We introduce to you, Full Body Sensing.
Full Body Sensing can help you reach your goals!
What is Full Body Sensing? It is a comprehensive understanding of your body composition to help you reach your fitness goals. It can test for body fat, visceral fat, body age, BMI, skeletal muscle, resting metabolism, as well as the tried and true body weight.
Now, I know what you’re thinking… how does testing these fitness and health indicators help me reach my health and fitness goals?
Body Fat: Testing and tracking body fat helps us address an actual healthy weight for individuals and address potential successes and setbacks.
Visceral Fat: Knowing this number and working on lowering the amount of fat around your internal organs will help reduce your risk of high cholesterol, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.
Body Age: Is a great yardstick of overall body condition. This number is part of an algorithm that translates other fitness measures into a measure of your body’s physical age. If this number is less than your actual age, we are doing great. If your body’s age is older than your actual age, we have work to do.
BMI (Body Mass Index): Get a better picture of your ideal weight by seeing an automatic computation of your height and weight ratio.
Skeletal Muscle: Analyzes that you are carrying a good amount of lean muscle and track your progress as you change your exercise plan and goals.
Resting Metabolism: Knowing how many calories your body consumes at rest makes it easier to set realistic dietary targets to achieve your fitness goals. This also helps Shanti Wolfe (our Registered Dietitian) design the best meal plans for you.
Body Weight:Still an important standard of fitness, especially in combination with your other fitness indicators.
Let’s get you on the right track!
Full Body Sensing ensures that you have access to the right information to reach your goals. Now, gathering these numbers is only part of the battle to having a good sustainable diet and exercise plan, but looking at these numbers can help us, at SpecialtyHealth, cut through some of the guess work. This allows us to get right to the heart of what your body is made up of and how we can help optimize your health and fitness plans.
If you want to try out our new Full Body Sensing, give us a call and book an appointment today!
-Ethan Opdahl, Exercise Physiologist