LET THE NAVY HELP YOU CALCULATE YOUR PERCENT BODY FAT.This probably is not a fair post on a Monday morning. But, if you are once again determined to start or re-vamp an exercise plan after a weekend of indulgence and skipped workouts, Monday is as good a day as any to face the scale and other body composition issues.
I played around with the NAVY calculator a bit, (click here for link) trying to see what measurement changed the fat percent significantly. It mostly boiled down to waist measurement if my weight were to stay the same. It may be near impossible to change waist size WITHOUT DROPPING POUNDS. But, since HIIT (high intensity interval training) is often described as a great exercise to reduce belly fat I thought I would develop a plan to start a program once the summer is over. I also thought as an incentive I would check my body fat percent. I was shocked (ha ha) to see it was higher than imagined.
Between now and Labor Day I will stay on the summer schedule but investigate the best ‘fat-burning’ plan for me. The results will be posted before autumn arrives.
By the way, there are calculators available for the other branches of the military; I did much better with the USMC and US ARMY calculators (2-3% points below my % fat per the NAVY method). According to the he YMCA calculator method I was a whopping 13% higher than the NAVY fat %!!! Decided not to use the YMCA method, the simplest of the lot (just waist circumference and weight).…it seems cooler to say I meet military standards than YMCA standards. Perhaps military leaders assume that the types who are applying to qualify for military service exercise a fair amount, and the inch numbers filled in on the calculator are taken around body parts that have a lot of lean muscle mass. Oh well. I am sticking with the NAVY, as the in-between-the-others method.
Navy Maximum Allowable Body Fat Standards
Age Group: 18-21
Age Group: 22-29
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Age Group: 40+
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