Body Fat Percentage-21 Day Challenge

This rest day as been awesome! I still went swimming for a while but didn’t do anything strenuous. Taking your rest day is so important. Our bodies need time to recuperate! The other day I had a conversation about BMI. Most people have no idea where they stand. The best ways to accurately measure one’s body fat is either a Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry machine or Hydrostatic Weighing both are expensive and not easily accessible to the everyday person, including me. There’s also the pinch test, which can be done at most gyms but who has a Skin Fold Caliper at home.  And then there’s the formula (http://www.linear-software.com/online.html)  Which I hate! Yes, hate! According to the “Tape” method, I am at about 30% body fat, which I know not to be true. But hey, it’s probably closer to the real number then I am willing to admit. However, I came across a picture that can hopefully help us out a little bit or get estimate on where we stand. Also, I believe you can always ask your primary care physician for a BMI test and your doctor will do perform it or referral you to the correct specialist.

body-fat-percentage-picture-men-women

 

Body Fat Chart
Classification Women Men
Essential Fat 10-12% 2-4%
Athletes 14-20% 6-13%
Fitness 21-24% 14-17%
Acceptable 25-31% 18-25%
Obese 32% + 25% +

 

Tomorrow is lift day. And as always I will host a google hangout if necessary.

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