I went in for this test Friday afternoon. I was excited but insanely nervous. He had his Tuesday and had given me the low down.
To begin you get a heart rate monitor strapped to your chest and you have seat. Then they stick a tube in your mouth and you breath into said tube for about 12 minutes. Teeth clenching around this tube, lips pursed, trying not to drool all over yourself... really enjoyable. This test tells you how many calories you burn doing nothing all day. Mine read about 1700. If I were to sit in a chair 24 hours a day and breath I would burn 1700 calories/ day.
Test #2- Oh yes, this is where the fun begins... Now you are strapped into this awful face mask.
|photo coutresy of VO2 Max Testing website|
Test #3- This was more my style. Lay down for a body scan. For about 10 minutes I layed there while this scanner was going head to toe determining my body composition; BMI, bone density, etc. Allow me to point out this was ample time to question myself as to why that treadmill just owned me. Also, plenty of time to prepare myself for what hilarity was about to come in the form of a BMI number. "Well, if I can't even hoof up a hill I can only imagine that my BMI must be 137 or something equally absurd." The output from the scan was a packet of paper that included the most unflattering image of you laying on the scanner, your BMI, % of fat, and the breakdown across different limbs, etc.
While all of this is wildly informative I can tell you that I got a little girly over the whole thing. My eyes got a little wet while I was telling the husband about the monstrosity that he married. Self pity aside, I've moved on to my motivated self and hit the gym Saturday with a Kinect workout on Sunday.
I go back to the doctor Tuesday when they will provide a tailored meal plan specifically for me based on the docs goal of me
Until then, please stay aware of your own health and wellness. As easy as it is to deny that maybe you are slacking on the exercise front, it is SO not worth it! Cheers to doing better!