Today's thought is always something that sits in my head and I think it is about time that I share it. Have you ever gone to a doctor and have them read your blood pressure, take your weight, maybe a few blood tests and then be on your way? Maybe they told you that your blood pressure was a little high and that you should start working out or maybe they told you your BMI was high but didn't explain what it is? Did you get all the answers you needed or did you leave confused and in the dark? You aren't alone.
Doctors are great for detecting things in your body, but when it comes to fitness and nutrition, I haven't always gotten the best responses. I have had clients come to me being concerned about their BMI and telling me their doctor told them they were slightly high. I always follow up with the question, well did they talk to you about your body fat percentage? And I always get the same response, no. Why is it that doctors take your BMI but NOT your body fat percentage? BMI is your body mass index and was basically created as a scale for obesity. But did you know that your BMI number doesn't take muscle versus fat into consideration? Did you know that if you had a 230lb athlete who took his BMI it would probably say "obese." Doesn't make sense, right? Why don't doctors talk about your BODY FAT percentage? I mean, FAT is what makes us unhealthy!? Right???
Another issue, skinny fat. Ever heard of it? Skinny fat is a REAL thing and you could fall victim of it if you don't know where your body's muscle percentage falls. Skinny fat are people who are in the healthy weight zone but their body consist of mostly or high amounts of fat. What causes this? Many things can cause this but most of the time it is due to lack of muscle. Like I've said before, when you have lean muscle you burn fat. If you fall in the category my suggestion is to start lifting. You aren't going to put on weight (you might actually lose some) but you WILL decrease your body fat percentage.
Does your doctor tell you to start working out but they don't give you any direction of WHAT to do? It is OK, leave it to the fitness professionals to handle. That is what we are here for!! I hear comments from clients that their doctor had told them to start doing cardio. Why, I ask? The response is always "to lose weight." Again, you NEED to do resistance training not just cardio. This to me sounds like, eat all your veggies on your plate but don't worry about your meat and potatoes. It is ALL important, isn't it? If you are new to a gym, go to the trainer station and ask for some guidance. Trainers are usually more than happy to help assist you in a routine and show you some exercises. If you are interested in training with them, do your research and make sure they are qualified and an expert in the field.
Next time you go to the doctor, make sure you ask all the right questions and get all the information you need. You probably can be doing more preventative things than you think. Eating healthy and working out are the best medicine alternatives for your body. Get moving.
In good health,
Cristina Walterman, owner of CW Physique, let's you in on fitness and nutrition tips, recipes, exercises and much more. With over 8 years of experience in the industry, she loves to inspire and motivate individuals. She always practices what she preaches and leads by example.