|Determine your real age
The Borneo Post - Sunday, 29 December, 2002
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or Biolmpedance Analysis, measures a person's REAL age. That's not the
number on your birth certificate but one much more confronting and
revealing. A person's REAL age is an indicator of how quickly or slowly
their cells are ageing an internal snapshot. We all look in the mirror
lamenting our fine lines and wrinkles, but few of us give a thought to how
our lifestyle affects us from the inside out. That's why BIA is pivotal;
it provides information that can't be gathered in any other way especially
not by standing on the bathroom scales.
theory behind it is that the key to a person's fitness level lies in the
ratio between body fat and muscles stores healthy people have more muscle
than fat. BIA works by measuring the way a low dose of electrical current
flows through a person's system. It's painless and quick. The idea is that
lean tissues, or muscles, conduct electricity well unlike fat and bone.
One of the most vital details this analysis provides is the weight of your
muscles learning to build this muscle mass is the most important health
skill a person can have. It's a little known equation, but good muscle
mass is the most effective way to combat ageing.
prove just how effective BIA can be, researchers embarked on a
revolutionary trial. They recruited three volunteers; a mother of two, a
body fitness champion and an IT professional. Each had to face the moment
of cellular truth as it was revealed just how old their bodies really
mother's result was confronting. At twenty-nine, she returned a real age
of thirty-three, exposing the fact that her body was ageing much quicker
than it should be. There were several contributing factors she'd given
birth to her second child just ten weeks earlier, was breast-feeding and
still carrying post pregnancy kilos. The task to slash the years seemed
daunting, but bravely she took up the challenge.
body fitness champion is forty-one years old, but her perfectly toned and
sculpted form made it obvious her cells would be much younger than that.
However, even the researchers were shocked as she registered a biological
age of thirtythree. With an internal report card worthy of five gold
starts, there was only one obstacle to her excellent health an extreme
high level of fluid retention. Her mission over the coming months would be
to reduce this by half.
IT professional, whose BIA chart showed general good health and a real age
of forty nine as opposed to his actual age of fifty two, had a very
different task ahead of him. Business lunches and overseas travel made
healthy eating difficult and at ninety-five kilos, he was six kilos too
heavy. Coupled with a lack of regular exercise, he needed to skip the
corporate dinners, drink less of his favourite wine, avoid dessert and get