Hello friends! I hope you’re sticking with your wellness plan. You can do it! This post is to encourage you to break up with the scale! Yes I said it.
The picture above compares the same weight of fat vs. muscle. You can be lean, fit, muscular, and heavy on the scale. You can also be thin in appearance and on the scale and be fat. Meaning you have a high percentage of body fat.
Muscle is great for you for the following reasons:
1. Burns more calories at rest. Your metabolism is boosted by resistance training.
2. It’s good for your bones. Your muscles support your skeleton. Weak muscles can lead to alignment problems and trips to the chiropractor.
3. Youthful appearance. Sagging skin can result from a lack of muscle tone. I’ve seen people in their 60s and 70s who look great because they take care of their bodies.
Don’t let the scale tell you if you’re healthy. I know thin people who are out of shape, have no muscle tone, and couldn’t run a mile if you paid them.
I highly recommend using measuring tape to monitor your progress. Track inches lost. And there are many online tools to tell you the percentage of body fat you have by body measurements.
The best method is the underwater body fat measurement or the caliper method. Some doctors or gyms offer those services.
If you’re carrying excess body fat in your abdomen you’re at a higher risk for many diseases, including heart disease. So, the goal is health not being thin. Excess fat is not good for our health.
Talk to your doctor if you’ve never done weight or resistance training. Always use proper form and I recommend a trainer if you’re uncertain of what to do.
Have a great weekend everyone, pursue health it’s good for your body, mind, and soul. 🙂
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