5 Tests for Good Health

I went in for a physical this summer and actually had all of these tested, minus the bone scan.  You may be feeling good, taking care of yourself, and fit on the outside, but you never really know what’s going on inside.  That’s why it’s so important to not only workout, but to fuel your body with the nutrients it needs.

I never, ever, ever weigh myself.  That number on the scale is not an accurate reading.  It goes back to the “muscle weighs more than fat” myth.  Because muscle is so dense (1 lb of muscle looks much smaller than 1 lb of fat) you can fit more of it together in one space.  Just like the example I used before, you can have two women who both weigh 145 lbs.  But, one might be composed of more body fat and the other more muscle mass/lean tissue.  They both get on the scale and weigh 145lbs, but one has 20% body fat and the other 40%.  You can’t tell the difference on a scale.  But, you can when you measure body fat percentage.

**If you want to get your hands on a pair of calipers that are inexpensive, bodybuilding.com has them.  I have a pair and if you’ve never used them they are uber easy to use (and come with instructions!).  I have the pair that is listed for $3.99 and they are fine to use.

Get your cholesterol checked!  This article is absolutely right-on that you don’t have to be overweight to have high cholesterol.  A friend of mine who was in good shape had his cholesterol levels checked and they were very high due to his not-so-good diet (which would have caught up to him eventually).  High cholesterol is a precursor to stroke and heart disease.

I also have known a handful of people who had unexplained fatigue, energy loss, and unexplained weight gain.  Once those thyroid levels were checked, they were too low. Once they took the right steps to get them back on track they were feeling much better and had their energy back.  You can also have an overactive thyroid that poses problems as well.

**READ THIS ARTICLE through bodybuilding.com  on 5 tests you should have done to see if you are on track to good health!


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