June 17, 2024

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Health & Fitness evaluation … a reality check

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What I learned from my health evaluation at Citahealth in downtown Vancouver.

By: Angie Bunnell – Surrey Kin’s Green Fighter

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As one of the lucky individuals chosen to be a “Kin’s Green Fighter” I received a health and fitness evaluation. Boy, did I get a reality check!

Part of being selected as 1 of 13 contestants in this competition meant that I received a very comprehensive health/fitness analysis. Blood work, Dexa Scan, fitness testing (ECG treadmill stress test, pushups, situps, flexibility….) Lung capacity, grip strength – the works!

Here’s what I learned:

  • I have 47.5% body fat. Are you SERIOUS?! I mean I know that I have gained weight, but that made me feel sick! How utterly embarrassing! I’m told that the “average woman” should have roughly 25%-33% body fat.

Embarrassment aside, the DEXA Scan was interesting. You lay on a bed, toes taped together, and a machine scans your body for 6 minutes measuring lean muscle, fat, and bone density. Apparently I do have a good amount of muscle, it’s just all hidden “under a nice layer of fat” …… sigh

  • my bone density is not that great (I will now be taking Vitamin D along with a multi-vitamin and Omega 3-6-9)
  • I lasted 9 minutes on the treadmill stress test until I got to my target heart rate (I’ll be aiming for longer at my final evaluation after this 13 weeks. Time to up that cardio and get my heart even healthier)
  • I can do 30 full standardized situps in 1 minute (this puts me in the “good” range)
  • I can do 7 standardized “men” pushups (feet together, on your toes … I’m unsure if this is “good” or “bad” as I cannot find a chart for women based on a full pushup, they all seem to be based on doing a pushup from the knees)
  • I can jump, although I’m not exactly sure how high? (I forgot to get that measurement!)
  • my flexibility is decent … there is always room for improvement (more yoga here I come!)
  • I don’t get enough protein (I don’t like milk, I don’t eat much red meat … I’m a veggies, beans, salad, smoothie and fruit kinda gal)
  • my lung function is fantastic (yay for not smoking!) I met 99%-100% of what was expected
  • my cholesterol level is slightly high (which, even though it’s genetic, it’s very important to me to fix this … healthy heart, healthy body is the goal here!!)

So here I am … can you see all that light pink?  That’s FAT! All that dark pink, MUSCLE! I want more dark pink, less light pink

And apparently, according to my eldest daughter I have a small head! (I already knew that thank you!)

All in all, the health and fitness evaluation was very informative!  Now it’s time to GET HEALTHIER!

 

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