What does your weight really represent? When you step on a scale, you can’t see how much muscle or fat you have. All you see is how heavy you weigh.
What is body composition?
Body composition is a method of describing what the body is made of. It includes fat, protein, minerals and body water. It also describes weight more accurately than BMI. Body composition analysis can accurately show changes in fat mass, muscle mass, and body fat percentage.
Why does body composition matter?
Health practitioners universally agree that too much fat is a serious health risk. Problems such as hypertension, elevated blood lipids (fats and cholesterol), diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, respiratory dysfunction, gallbladder disease, and a myriad of other health problems are all related to obesity.
It’s common to assume that having as little fat as possible is healthy. However, being thin does not automatically reduce one’s health risk. Being thin refers to weighing less than the recommended values in age-height-weight tables. Leanness, however, refers to the muscle, bone, and fat composition of one’s body weight. Being lean intrinsically indicates greater muscle mass development than thin.
A healthy balance between fat and muscle is vital for health and wellness throughout life. Scientific evidence shows that a healthy body composition will increase your lifespan; reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, insulin resistance, etc.; increase energy levels, and improve self-esteem.
The InBody scan will show a true assessment of your body composition
To thoroughly learn about your body and its condition, take the InBody scan. In less than 60 seconds, the InBody not only examines the compositions of your body, but also reveals percentage of body fat, muscle distribution, and body weight balance; components that are key in understanding more about your body.
Non-Invasive, Pain-Free Testing
Safe, low-level currents are sent through the body via hand and foot electrodes. The impedance the currents encounter are measured in order to derive body composition. InBody’s patented BIA technology provides accurate and consistent outputs that are highly correlated with gold standard methods.
Track your progress with the InBody test
Taking the InBody scan once will give you a snapshot of your body in that moment of time. However, taking the InBody scan consistently will give you a timeline of your progress. Watch the improvements from exercise and diet and do not let your hard work go to waste.
Waynesboro Area YMCA members can request a complimentary InBody scan with the purchase of a 5 session Personal Training package.