At the health fair I learned many great things. They are great events that more people should take advantage of. I learned that my BMI says that I’m overweight (but only just). This is something I’ve known for awhile. I’m stuck at 190 – 192 and I should really by around 182 – 185. That’s my comfortable weight, and right in the middle in terms of BMI.
I also had my body fat percentage taken, and I’m in the normal range with that. This seems strange, but the explanation lies in my bike riding. I essentially have no fat on my legs at all, and the muscles couldn’t get much stronger unless I took up fencing again. Unfortunately, the way my knee has been acting up, I can’t ride my bike (or even walk very far) without some chronic aches and pains.
The other half of me sits in a chair all day and is essentially wimpy. I asked the nutritionist at the Health Fair for tips on losing the additional 7 – 10 pounds based on how I’m already behaving, and the answer lies, not in reducing my caloric intake (which I try to keep at 1200 – 1500 calories per day, the recommended value for the sedentary) but by switching how I get my calories. Basically, less white carbs, more vegetables. And upper body calisthenics. I’ve been told that you can’t do enough sit-ups to burn off the spare tire, but if I couple a good sit-up routine that with 100 push-ups thingy I tried and maybe the 5BX plan, and can be disciplined enough to keep it up, I should be able to take care of that.
There was also a chiropractor there who put some gizmo on my back to measure my back muscle tension. It did a good job, because it registered the sore parts of my back. I’d really like a chair with good lumbar support, but I think it might be a good idea to get a referral to see the back-cracker to get myself realigned. (Although I don’t know enough to know if chiropractors are quacks or not, there’s a vestigial memory of mine where someone whose opinion I respected held that opinion.)