Saturday, January 23, 2010

Testing, testing.... is this thing on??

I mentioned that Kaylee is taking a Fitness for Life class online and that I was playing along...

Well, the first few assignments are tests of your fitness and cardiovascular health.
You do things like Calculate your BMI which tells you whether you are normal, underweight, overweight or obese.  A year ago my BMI was 31.2, and I was considered overweight.  Supposedly the health effects are essentially the same, wherever you fit into the category, high end or low end, statistically it doesn't matter.  You'll be just as healthy or unhealthy as someone at the other side of the category.   I really like the category breakdown that Dr. Halls put together for BMI.  This is a pretty good site for calculating your BMI and figuring out what you want to set as your realistic "ideal weight"  Funny, he suggested a higher ideal weight for me if I told him I was 193 pounds than when I told him I was 146...  by about 19 pounds!  A year ago my ideal weight was 153 now it's 134!  (Perhaps he's breaking the goal into smaller pieces, so I don't get overwhelmed?)  I'm sticking with 140 for now, till I know how that feels.  I'm not going to redecide on a number when I haven't seen it/ felt it in over a decade... or is it two?  Plus I believe your body has "happy number"s that it likes to hang out at.  One of mine is 153,  maybe another is 140, or 134...
You also take blood pressure, resting heart rate,  exercising and waist ratio measurements. -- All good here.
Last year my resting heart rate measured before I even sat up in bed was 90 beats per minute.  Now I can be walking around walmart and my heart rate is 80.  That's awesome improvment that makes me pretty happy!   My resting heart rate first thing in the morning is now 70 bpm!.  It's not the best fitness test, just an indicator.   Recovery heart rate is more important; how long does it take your heart to slow down to normal after exercise?  We're not measuring it quite like that in "Fitness for Life"(recovery heart rate 3minutes after you stop)... why not?  I wonder if it's in the book...

The class also has us measure our body fat composition.  These measurements are a bit harder to get... My latest in September put me in the Healthy Range (18-30% for woment) at 29%. I don't know what it was at it's highest but I do know that at 170 pounds  it measured 32% back in 2006.  FFL class tells you that you need to get a measurment, and  as a result I found out that we have access to a fancy machine for doing this up at the U of U and it is much more accurate than those home fat scales and the hand-held models you see see at home or the doctor's office.  Costs $25 and YES, we're that curious.  Plus it just seems so cool!!

The BIG test was the 1.5 Mile Run for the best time you can get.  Kaylee and I checked out the track at the Legacy Center in Lehi (Cost $0.50) to run on a warm dry track.  (Money well spent.) 

The time for woment 35-50 years old that is considered "good" is 13.5 minutes.  Over 18.5 minutes is bad and you need extra work on your cardiovascular fitness.   I landed in this "Low Fitness" with a time of 18.75 minutes,   Kinda cool, in a way:   15 seconds and I move up to a  "Marginal Fitness"  level.  Sounds like a good short term goal to me...  I want to be at the "Good Fitness"level, or at least feel like I am.   I'm not really interested in  looking for more than that...   and this is only one test.  I'd be tickled pink with measurable progress.

Oh, and I am currently capable of 1 pushup in 30 seconds...  and ummmm I don't really care.  I hate push-ups, lol.  So, I'll strengthen my arms, but I don't see pushups being part of the routine. Nope!!!

I am healthy, maybe not as fit as I need to be, but HEALTH is so huge!!  And it makes getting to FIT so much easier!!


Trish said...

I'm curious about the bod pod too! That would be so interesting.
I love the measurable indicators of good health. That's why I was so excited to get my physical in November. Having real numbers to look at is reassuring.
I'm gonna have to get brave and see about that running the mile and half number. ack!
And I'm with you on the push ups. blech!

Me, Christy said...

There's an alternate version of the test where you run 12 minutes and if you make it less than 1.1 miles your fitness level is Low. At least 1.2 puts you in the marginal category, 1.3 for Good and 1.4 is High Performance. I just need to figure out how you figure your distance on the track. A gps would work but that's $$ again.

Me, Christy said...

Oh if you want to go with Kaylee and I on Thursday, Feb 4th in the evening... Dennis wasn't interested and I made 3 appointments all for 6 pm. He said he doesn't care what that measurement is... as long as he feels and looks better.

Crystal said...

You are doing wonderful things. I have been riding my bike inside for 30 minutes at a steady rate 3 times a week and doing yoga. I have to say that yoga alone has done wonders. I have a lot more upper body strength. And it's something that is easy to do on your own.

Trish said...

I would LOVE to join you! Thanks!
I'll plan for it. :)

Me, Christy said...

YAY!!! I'm excited!!

The big plunge...

Starting Weight 193.8
Week 1 194.2 - +.4
W- 2 190.2 - -4.0
W- 3 186.4 - -3.8
W- 4 186.2 - -0.2
W- 5 184.0 - -2.2
W- 6 184.5 - +0.5
W- 7 185.0 - -0.5
W- 8 183.2 - -1.8
W- 9 180.0 - -3.2
W- 10 183.2 - +3.2
W- 11 179.0 - -4.2
W- 12 177.1 - -1.9
W- 13 175.1 - -2.0
W- 14 171.6 - -3.5
W- 15 169.9 - -1.7
W- 16 168.4 - -1.5
W- 17 165.4 - -3.0
W- 18 161.9 - -3.5
W- 19 165.4 - +3.0
W- 20 163.0 - -2.4
W- 21 165.8 - +2.8
W- 22 162.0 - -3.8
W- 23 159.8 - +0.4
W- 24 158.0 - -2.7
W-k 25 156.4 - -1.6
W- 26 154.3 - -2.1
W- 27 153.9 - -0.4
W- 28 152.0 - -1.9
August 30, 2009
W- 29 149.9 - -2.1
W- 30 147.7 - -2.2
W- 31 147.1 - -0.6
W- 32 149.5 - +2.4
W- 33 151.3 - +1.8
W- 34 150.2 - -1.1
W- 35 150.8 - +0.6
W- 36 150.3 - -0.5
W- 37 149.1 - -1.2
W- 38 149.8 - +0.7
W- 39 150.1 +0.3
W- 40 156.3 +6.2
W- 41 153.3 -3.0
W- 42 152.6 -0.7
W- 43 152.6 -0.0
W- 44 150.7 -1.9
W- 45 152.4 +1.7
W- 46 153.0 +0.6
W- 47 152.3 +0.7
W- 48 150.1 -2.2

W- 49 147.5 -2.6
W- 50 146.3 -1.2
W- 53 151.0 +2.0
W- 54 149.3 -1.7
W- 55 144.9 -4.4
W- 56 144.1 -0.8
W- 57 140.0 lbs. Goal!!!!