Over 90 people have already had their Boditrax session at Oakwood since the Body Composition System was installed on 2nd Jan 2017. I joined in, had my scan and got my results. This is my dashboard and explanations of some of the readings below.
Understanding my results
Me and my background
I'm a 35 year old male with a slim body type. I haven't exercised regularly for approx 3-4 years. I eat reasonably well, don't drink or smoke and don't feel like I need to change my body shape dramatically. However, I don't know my body composition (how much fat, muscle etc there is in my body). I don't know if I'm hydrated, whether I have safe levels of visceral fat or where I should be aiming to make improvements.
Where to start
There's a lot of information. I want to take things slowly, understand the essentials, know where I am and where I should be going. I have been recommended to focus on some key points - weight and ideal weight, fat and muscle percentage, hydration, BMI and visceral fat. There's lots more to get into but this will give me a good starting point. If some of the information's too heavy I have a simple colour-coded dial around each of my readings. Knowing I'm in the green suggests I'm somewhere along the right lines.
My weight and ideal weight
My weight is 70.8kg. My 'ideal weight' is 69.7kg (1 kg less). This isn't actually an 'ideal weight' so to speak but the weight I need to be if I'm going to achieve a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 22 (the middle of the healthy range). It's a basic target but a reasonable starting point. I certainly won't lose sleep over this as I'm well within the healthy range for BMI.
My fat and muscle percentage
16.5% of my total body weight is fat. As I look at the range graph I'm happy to see that for my age the healthy range is between 8% - 20%. So I can reduce my fat %, and this will be one of my first goals, but again - I'm happy with this result to get me started. My muscle % is almost 80%. On the dial I'm in the green but there is space for improvement. The Boditrax info tells me that for every extra pound of muscle I'll burn approx 50 extra calories each day. That's worth having - back to the gym for me!
My water (hydration)
Hydration is absolutely key when exercising and generally staying healthy, giving me more energy and reducing the risk of health problems. My hydration reading is 57%. I'm well in the green but, again, room for improvement. I know I don't drink enough water, this is an easy fix and is now on the list!
This is the body fat around my waist. I'm 35 and I noticed this as an issue at approx 30 years (as most men do). I'm thin but I'm aware this is an issue. Abdominal fat can lead to serious health issues in later life so I'm keen to know where I stand. Boditrax has given me a rating of 5. Anything between 1 and 12 is within the healthy range so I'm happy enough (13+ suggests there could be a risk of health issues and it may be worth getting some advice).
I'm pretty happy. I'm within healthy ranges for all the key measurements. As a nice finish it's also given me a Metabolic Age of 25 (can't say I quite feel that young but I'll take it!). I've downloaded the free App, got my results on my phone and I'll be scanning every 6 weeks to track improvements. I know I'm in reasonable shape but there's definitely room for improvement so I (and my bottle of water) will be off to the gym later!
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