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New Year’s Resolution: Use DEXA body composition scans to get fit for summer!

It is something of a tradition to moan about how Christmas seems to come earlier each year, but there are some things that are never too early to plan. One of these is your New Year’s Resolution list, especially if you want to get yourself into shape and be fit for summer. If you begin your planning early, and make a decisive schedule to follow, you are more likely to succeed with your plans. Here is how you can get started.

Do your research

Once you realise that you are unhappy with your looks or your strength, do not rush into changing the way you eat, or start pushing yourself to exercise excessively. Instead, do some research. Make sure you understand how nutrition works, know what you want from your body, and perhaps manage your expectations – if you are a lightly built, short person, you are unlikely to have Steve Rogers to Captain America transformation in which you gain six inches in height and your shoulders broaden!

Get a physical

This means getting a doctor to give you a once over, checking your weight, blood pressure, and perhaps your cholesterol and BMI too. He or she may recommend a blood test, just to make sure that everything is okay from that point of view too. There are also some tests that you can do yourself, measuring yourself at the key points around your body: chest, waist, hips and so on, and you can also check your body fat levels.

Have a DEXA body scan

Understanding your body fat could key in changing your body composition, as simply looking at yourself will not give you the full picture. For example, someone can look slim and have a high body-fat level, or be chunky and yet more muscular than they would first appear. An accurate body fat measurement can alert you to unknown issues, or perhaps reassure you that you do not have as much work to do as you initially feared. DEXA body fat measurements will not only give you a great idea of how much work you have to do, but you can also take them at regular intervals as you progress once you have started your new regimen.

Begin on time

Plan to start on the first day of the year if you like, but you can start at any time that you feel ready to begin making changes. Do not worry about imposter syndrome or let negative thoughts creep in: you are making positive changes for yourself and no one else. Aim to exercise moderately, eat well and persist – no changes will happen overnight and it is only after months of steady work that you will begin to see the fat melting off and the muscles beginning to show their definition. This is where your DEXA body fat scans and muscle measurement will serve to give you confidence – the changes inside will register there before they become visible!

Keep on going

Once you see those subtle signs of improvement keep on going with your workouts and good eating habits. After six months or so – just in time for summer! – compare a current photo with one taken before you began. It is almost guaranteed that you will see and feel like a completely different person.

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