Saturday, April 13, 2013

L Is For...Lean Body Mass & Lordy Lordy, I PR'D

Lordy Lordy, I PR'D...I ran the Pear Blossom 5k and hit a new PR...Last year my PR was 30:13 for the 5k. In May I ran a 5 mile race with my then 16yr old son J and finished in just over 50 minutes.   While out on a 10 mile training run (in May) I sustained a pelvic stress fracture and was off running for several months.  Today I ran that same 5k and crushed my last iPod time reads 29:47:1...woot woot...ok back to my original A-Z Challenge Post for the letter L.

LEAN BODY MASS is calculated by subtracting body fat weight from total body weight. It is comprised of everything in our body except body fat. It includes our organs, skin, muscle, bones and blood.

*Some medical formulas use lean body mass for various calculations of organ functions and medication doses*

A friend of mine convinced me (read talked me into) having my body fat percentage (and lean body mass) calculated.  When I went in a month or so ago to see what the results were, I was surprised, the numbers were higher than I imagined them to be.  I have since lost 11 lbs and that number has lowered to a nicer number in the healthy range. I am happy to say that finding out my body fat percentage challenged me to get into even better shape than I was. I'm a runner (y'all know that by now) and I like to think I'm in great shape...truth be told I have room to improve.  Don't we all? It's not necessary to know what your lean body mass is, but it's fun and can be helpful in regards to knowing your body fat percentage and what your medication dosages should be.

THIS is a great page to find out what your Lean Body Mass is.  Here is the calculation if you'd like to see it...Lean Body Mass = Body Weight – (Body Weight x Body Fat %).  Fitness Calculators has a few different calculators to find out your lean body mass, body fat%, resting heart rate, etc...I say go, check it out and have fun while your at it!

FOR the average adult male about 42% of body weight is skeletal muscle and for the average adult female it's about 35%.

HOPE I have enlightened and entertained y'all today.  May sunshine be upon your shoulder and may you have a sparkle in your eye. Blessings my friends!

Godspeed...this comes from the Middle English expression "God spede (you)", a wish for success and fortune for one setting out on an enterprise, voyage, adventure, or travels. It may also mean good luck. 

"Limitations only exist if you let them" 

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  1. Thanks to you I am amassing all kinds of information. Will it incline me to run? No. But thanks anyhow.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!
    Bears Noting

    1. Bears, thanks so much for stopping by bud

  2. Congratulations on beating your time!
    I think most people would be shocked to know their body mass.

  3. Under the 6:00/km, congrats! You are fast.
    Interesting post, thank you.

  4. That is so awesome. Congrats on my 5k.

  5. Congrats on the PR!!! That's a huge deal :o)

  6. Congrats! Under 30 is what I run for!!
    Happy Saturday A-Z!

  7. Congratulations, and I am enlightened

  8. That's awesome! Congrats on beating your time =).

  9. Congrats on the run, that's great! :)

  10. Way to KILL that PR!! Go girl! :0)

  11. Super - Super - Super News! Woot - Woot & Then Some ;-) So happy to share in your great news, Congrats! - Nell @Good Morning Runners

  12. Wow! You are such an inspiration :)

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