Friday, December 17, 2010
I learned some things today at my appointment with the Director of the Health and Wellness Division of our YMCA. But most of all it was an affirming experience.
The Director determined that my body fat percentage is 26.7%, which he considered fine for me. My BMI today was 20.9. He recommended maintenance as my goal, and did not think it would improve my health for me to gain additional muscle nor to lose more body fat.
On two out of the eleven machines I do regularly, he had me lower the weight I'm lifting. He recommended I do them slower and with a greater range of motion. I had thought I had the form correct, but I now know how to do them better. He gave me one more exercise to help improve posture and reduce the chronic upper back discomfort I have. That sounds good to me.
He assured me that I am not "skinny fat." He said that people, especially women, who do lots of cardio without any strength training can develop that condition in which they have a good BMI but a high body fat percentage. I had been fearful that due to my history of obesity I might still have a lot of fat around my organs, but he assured me that is not so.
So, he tweaked a few things, but mostly told me to keep up the good work, which I definitely plan to do. -Marsha