You may remember from my post about my fitness goals, that I was planning on going to the bod pod to get an accurate estimate of my body fat percentage. Well, I went.
Whew! Was I surprised!!
My Personal Fitness Baseline: Just the Numbers
Let me break this down for you. I weigh 131.72, and with 30% of that being fat, that means I’m carrying around almost 40 pounds of fat. The reason I don’t like these numbers is because, if you turn the paper over to get an understanding of your body fat percent, you will find that the “acceptable”range of fat for women is 23-30%. Above and beyond 30%, you are entering the “excess fat” range and the “risky” range. The “risky” range is more than 40%. “Risky” is essentially defined as “too much body fat [that] can lead to serious health risks.”
So. I’m 10% away from that!?
My Personal Fitness Baseline: Gathering More Info
Ok, ok, I can’t bank it all on these flat numbers, because I know there are a lot of other things that come into play. For instance, I also took a fitness test at work, and I got some pretty darn good reports from that one.
*The body fat percent was taken with a handheld monitor. For me, these have notoriously been about 4% less than my fat percent recorded with the bod pod. In my experience, the handheld monitor fluctuates quite a bit, and my research indicates that the bod pod is a more reliable indicator
I’m very happy with my blood pressure and resting heart rate—which happens to be much better than compared to four years ago. As are sit ups, pushups and flexibility.
BUT. When I look at my fat percent report from the bod pod, I look at pictures of myself in shorts or swim suits, and then I consider what I’ve been reading more and more of—about the importance of lifting weights . . . and the fact that too much cardio can actually eat up your muscle (and lets face it, training for a marathon requires a LOT of cardio), I realize I need to get really serious about two things if I want to keep a fit, youthful appearance (which I do), and if I want to stay strong and healthy into my old age.
My Personal Fitness Baseline: Moving Forward From Here
The two things I need to work on are resistance training and food.
I have already added in the resistance training, and I’m happy to say that this is my fourth week of doing it fairly consistently (even though this week I’ll only be able to record 2 days in my weight room, but still). I’m comfortable with how I’m progressing here, given the fact that I’m running too, and can’t expect to be She-Ra with the weights while I’m being She-Ra with the running.
BUT. Food. I decided it’s time to get into clean eating, and to do it for a life-style. More to come soon on HOW I’m going to go about that.
Fitness Inspiration At It’s Finest
In the meantime, going to the bod pod gave me a baseline to start. This is fitness inspiration at its finest: having a solid understanding of where you are, and where you want to be, knowing the first steps to getting there, and being mentally prepared to take those steps. I’m at 30% body fat. I could cry about that, or I could look at it and just think about all the improvement I’m going to be seeing in the near future. I’m going to think about the improvements. I’m keeping my eyes on the goal.
What about you? Do you know your “baseline”—whether that’s a fitness baseline, or a knowledge baseline—whatever your goal is, do you know where you stand with it? Second, do you know the first steps you need to take? And third, are you mentally prepared to take on the challenge of those first steps?