With my 51st birthday less than 2 weeks away I find myself taking time to re-evaluate my health and wellness. No secret this year has been hard but how have I been coping? I like to use this time to reflect on what I’ve done and where I’m going.
My goal is to live my best life and feel good. I want to add life to my years not just live a long time, how about you? Feedback is important to me and that is how I view tests of this nature – the Dexa Scan provides valuable information in regards to my wellness that I wouldn’t have access to otherwise.
So when my precious friend Shelly shared 3 Reasons to Schedule a Dexa Scan I was hooked. As someone who has been working out 4-5 times a week for 19 years I want to know where I stand with muscle mass and bone density (just a few things you learn from a Dexa Scan).
I visited DEXA Fit Orlando for my Dexa Scan (dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry scan).
The test is easy and complete painless. You lie still on a table for 6 minutes while you are scanned. Your results are ready in minutes.
The technician (Katie) reviewed the results with me, highlighting important information and explaining what and why the numbers are important. I was most interested in bone density – as we age we lose bone density and that leads to osteoporosis.
The Dexa Scan report includes information like how much fat surrounds your organs, how many pounds of muscle you have in each part of your body as well as fatty tissue. This is important information you can’t just get anywhere. I plan to use my results to help me to continue what I’ve been doing well (lifting weights) and to help me focus on things I need to improve (food choices).
It’s recommended that you repeat the Dexa Scan quarterly, especially if you are embarking on a health or wellness journey. It’s important to know what’s working for your body.
There are other tests you can take as well for more targeted information. Interested in knowing your resting metabolic rate? Knowing your RMR lets you know if your body burns more sugar than fat OR more fat than sugar. You’ll find out how many calories your body burns at rest as well as how many calories you need to either lose, gain, or maintain your weight.
The VO2 tests peak cardiac output. That is useful information for marathon runners especially but also anyone who wants to their exact target heart zone while working out. Sure you can find that information on generic charts in most gyms or online but this is specific for YOU. Priceless.
DEXA Fit Orlando also offers the FIT 3D – it’s a scan that uses lasers and sends you a 3D avatar of your body. Clients have a lot of fun with that one!
To schedule your own Dexa Scan go here.
So what does this mean for me? Well, I am putting together a wellness plan for myself that I’ll discuss more in a later post. For right now I have a great baseline and will have a repeat Dexa Scan later this year so I can monitor my progress. My results were good but I’d like better.
Have you ever had a Dexa Scan? What would you do with this information?
*This is a sponsored post but all opinions are mine!