Bend the Round

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Almost Appropriate February 28, 2008

Filed under: running,state of BTR — bendtheround @ 4:37 pm
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I’m back from the Body Fat Analysis and Blood Pressure Screening.

My BP is good – 109/70 – and my pulse was 58 bpm. My heart rate’s never been so low, that is awesome! 🙂 It’s almost like I’m a runner or something!  😉

The Body Fat Analysis is something the company offers pretty regularly – at least once a year, I think. They have a nurse hook you up to a little machine and it tells you how much of your weight is fat. Apparently, they had offered it in October, but I missed it. The last time I’d been measured, my body fat percentage was 30.9%. The scale goes like this:

Women            Men

Essential Fat                                        10-12%            2-4%

Appropriate for Athletes                    14-20%           6-13%

Appropriate for Fitness                      21-24%           14-17%

Acceptable                                            25-31%           18-25%

Disproportionate Fat/Lean Ratio     over 32%         over 25%

First of all, I was a little horrified that I was approaching the point at which a full third of my weight was fat. Ugh. And Yikes. Sure, women are supposed to have a higher body fat percentage than men, and I’m definitely build with a little extra padding but really… a THIRD?

So, I was very pleased with this year’s results – my body fat percentage is 24.9%! I am ALMOST Appropriate (for fitness)! Woo hoo! I was going to be a little bit depressed if my percentage hadn’t gone down. I’ve been running kinda a lot, but my weight has not gone down. I was hoping that I’d just done some strategic redistribution. If I keep it up, maybe next time I’ll be totally appropriate! 🙂

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