Last week I posted about the ‘skinny-fat’ phenomenon. And it sparked a lot of interest in our readers, including one who pointed out on our Facebook page that, while skinny doesn’t always = healthy, overweight doesn’t always = unhealthy.
And she is right: it is entirely possible to be overweight, yet healthy ‘under the hood’ so-to-speak.
While it may be true that some – or it might even be fair to say most – overweight people have unhealthy habits, there are some who are strong, cardiovascularly fit, and otherwise quite healthy.
But I will say that it’s rare for someone to be doing all the right things in terms of diet and exercise and still be overweight – there is almost always an underlying reason for the extra weight.
It may be intimidating, but having your measurements taken is an important metric for tracking your progress. One of the many dials on the dashboard to speak.
Here are my thoughts on the subject of measurements and why they're important.
Hope you enjoyed my two cents, I’d love to hear what you think, and what you would like to hear more about.
The other day one of our personal training clients, who is in great shape, told me that one of her friends remarked to her, “Why on Earth do you work out? You’re skinny!” This comment is an example of a great misconception in our society: that skinny = healthy.
This client can deadlift and squat more than her own body weight, and has a healthy percentage of body fat and lean tissue (muscle). She is lean, but also strong and healthy. Some so-called skinny people, on the other hand, are none of the above.
If you sit at a desk all day, it is incredibly important that you stretch regularly. Here is a handout of easy office stretches we give our clients. Print it out and take it with you to work - you won't regret it!
Click here to take a look, and let me know what you think.
Not too long ago, a group of researchers in Brazil discovered a simple fitness test that may help predict your longevity by measuring how easily you can sit and rise from the floor.
Other related tests have looked at how many steps it takes, and how long it takes to stand up from lying (supine) of the floor.
Click here for an interesting article that summarizes the link between mobility and longevity.
The bottom line, though, is this: a person who isn’t fit enough to get up from the floor quickly is likely to die sooner than someone who can. This is because as we age our bones lose their density, our muscles shrink and our tendons lose their elasticity – unless we actively work to remain strong and vital.
So what can you do about it?
Poul Nielsen is the owner and operator of Nielsen Fitness, Toronto's leading team of in-home personal trainers. He has 18 years' experience in the fitness industry and has taught courses in Fitness and Lifestyle Management at George Brown College.
In addition to exercise (obviously), he loves spending time with his family, playing the guitar, strong coffee - and dark chocolate!