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Thursday, January 22, 2015
Most of us our concerned when we gain weight. Perhaps more important is our percent body fat. As we age we gain more visceral fat around our organs and more intermuscular fat
Fat percentage is traditionally measured with calipers on skin folds around your lovers's handles and a few other locations. Testing reliability can be an issue.New impedance technology measures extracellular water. This allows more accurate, repeatable testing. You can even compare the fat percentage in one leg compared to the other. Ideal body fat pecentage for athletic women is 14-20%. Male athletes have a lower target 6-13%. After learning I was pre diabetic I decided to have my heart checked out and fat percentage taken. The heart is what kills many diabetics. My
EkG checked out and and a cardiologist only picked up a murmur. My friend Paul at SandandSteelfitness measured my fat percentage at 9.8 which was a relief. So for now I'm going to watch the added sugar, take the salmon choice more often than the steak and keep taking my boxing class to keep my " fighting weight".
I started this blog to share cutting-edge knowledge from my medical practice and my experience with athletes and as an athlete myself. I was a walkon at I.U. for track and after getting hurt my first season switched over to bike racing and raced in the "Little 500". I teach skiing professionally and also fit soccer in between bike riding and running. You know who you are: the weekend warrior and more serious athletes: the best insights, protocols, tips, and tricks for training and living injury free. I welcome your feedback.