Saturday, March 06, 2010
A few weeks ago I went to get a health assessment at work. Our insurance company sponsors these to help us be aware of where we are and what we can do to improve our health. They do a good basic checkup consisting of blood pressure, cholesterol levels, glucose levels, weight, body fat and waist measurements.
They have some good literature and advice on improving anything that's not optimal. In the past I would get lots of advice on how to get healthier. There are also several incentive programs that pay cash for achieving certain goals related to better health.
So, the bad news is that there is nothing I can do to earn one of the incentives because my health and fitness level is so good that I don't qualify for cash incentives to improve them. Basically, I'm already equal to or better than all their criteria. Oh wait! Maybe that's the good news! :)
So, I get on their scale and my weight is good (although my BMI is just barely on the overweight side), but my body fat percentage is at 17.6%! OK, so how is it that my body fat is at about 18%, but my BMI still says I'm overweight? It just shows you that BMI isn't really that great a measurement for fitness. My fat % is low because I do a lot of strength training and have more muscles than fat.
When I started my weight loss, get healthy journey, my body fat was at 45%, my waist was 46" and my weight was 248 pounds. Now I'm at 18% body fat, my waist is 35" and my weight hovers around 180-184 pounds. I feel great and can do the things I love to do.
I was so happy to see my body fat reach my goal of 18%. It felt great to know that the hard work and fun I've had these last few years has had that kind of an effect.
Folks - it is worth it.