There came a day when we heard about the free of charge “Fitness test truck” that was coming to town. This Matka Hyvään Kuntoon kiertue –was especially directed towards work wellbeing. Since I am the work wellbeing representative in our department, I started advertising. And it was a success, I heard of many people going to take the test.
The test pattern included body composition test (InBody 720), compressing force test and an aerobic test (with Polar monitors). I have taken the body composition test before – and was rather disappointed with my results. Therefore I was rather excited and scared when signing up for the test. The others from our group were strongly against the idea, I was the only one going to take the test.
I prepared for the test with scientific accuracy (and probably a bit beyond that). Took the test in the morning, didn’t eat or drink before it – not even my morning coffee – and wore light clothes. I even reduced the carb and salt intake few days beforehand (this might be the excessive part).
And the test: more muscles and less body fat than the previous time. A relatively bad result from compressing force test (I blame my short fingers, it’s difficult to grasp with them!). But, apparently I managed to inspire the others. More people from our group went there together the next day. We even managed to persuade our trainee to go as well. As a results, some of us had too little fat and some of us a bit too much. There were a lots of muscles and great aerobic fitness to be found. We also managed to found a possible case of edema.
And as scientists, it took us a whole lot of time to interpret the results. We weren’t happy for just BMI or body fat percentage. We wanted to know everything about ECF, TBF, ECW and TBW (the parameters for intracellular and extracellular water). We questioned the waist-hip ratio results that didn’t seem accurate. And after a small research we found that waist-hip ratio was actually not a measurement, but “a scientific estimation”.
All of us ended up being more motivated when it comes to sports and diet. Better lunch choices, at least for a while. We also enjoyed the comparison between the results. How does a low fat percentage affect to other results? How does the body composition affect to the daily energy consumption (physical activity excluded)? It actually had quite big difference. It was also nice to see that if a person had more muscles, the calculated ideal weight was higher. Good bye to old-fashioned BMIs! I would say that this was an easy test, giving a lot of information to think about.
Text by Kristiina Väänänen, pictures by Kristiina Väänänen and Kukka Pakarinen