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I am more fit and not as fat as I thought.

Monday, July 16, 2012

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I took part in a study of masters athletes and cognitive ability today. The study hopes to show that athletes maintain their cognitive abilities better than couch potatoes.
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Part of the study includes measuring body fat by calipers (SparkPeople Trivia buffs know this is a very accurate method) and a VO2 Sub-max treadmill test. Sub-max means you go to 85% of your maximum effort.
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I'm not sure how I did on the memory tests but they did say that my reflexes were much quicker than expected. My body fat is a bit over 20% which is not great but better than I expected. Puts me in the 75th percentile of my age group. The best part of the testing was being told that I had the best VO2 score they have seen so far. I thought I was in very good shape. Their computer says I am in excellent shape! Not bad considering how hard I work out on weekends, making Monday normally a needed (and deserved) rest day.
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When I get on the scale tomorrow morning, I'm gonna remember that muscle weighs more than fat and give myself a break.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 7/20/2012 5:13AM

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WATERMELLEN 7/19/2012 8:53PM

    You gotta be proud of yourself. And as for cognitive abilities: I'm betting you're totally sharp in that category too. The work you do keeps the brain ticking over nicely, right?

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JSTETSER 7/19/2012 1:00PM

    Amazing!

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JOPAPGH 7/19/2012 8:58AM

    Great news! I am not surprised at the result.

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 7/17/2012 5:26PM

    emoticon Great results Ray!!!

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AELARLEE1 7/17/2012 3:58PM

    Wow, what a wonderful acknowledgement!!

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HEALTHIERKEN 7/17/2012 12:11PM

    EX-CELL-ENT!!!!!
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PLMITCH 7/17/2012 10:47AM

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HHB4181 7/17/2012 10:01AM

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BBECKER1955 7/17/2012 6:57AM

    Great news! Now, if I could only remember what else I was going to write, I'll have to get back to you.
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KIMBERLANG 7/17/2012 12:32AM

    It's great to hear it from someone else, makes us realize that all this work we do is paying off, whether we realize it or not, and that the scale doesn't mean everything but that we are healthier inside where we can't exactly measure ourselves

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