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Analysis As a Means To Calculate Body Composition

People resort to several techniques to get information on their body composition and bioelectrical impedance analysis or BIA is one of the most common methods in this regard. To understand the pros and cons of this technology, we should first discuss what it is.

BIA depends on the fact that muscle tissue allows your body to retain water while fat tissue contains little water. A person with more muscle rather than fat, also has more water and because water is a great conductor of electric current, a muscular person’s tissues will have less electric resistance than an obese person. Devices that use BIA, send a very weak electric current through the human body and make an estimation of body fat percentage based on the electric resistance.

In most devices that depend on BIA, the conductivity of your tissues is not the only variable in calculation of the fat percentage. The weak electric current usually passes through the legs and the ratio of fat stored in the lower part of the body is more in females than it is in males. For this reason, you often have to manually enter information on your gender, age and height to help the scales in making more accurate estimations about the composition of your tissues.

The main advantage of BIA is its affordable application in home scales. While professional athletes often have the finances and motivation to pay for expensive body composition monitoring services offered at special facilities, lay people want a solution that takes less money and time. Body fat scales equipped with BIA technology cater to this demand. They are available at a price comparable to a simple bathroom scale and make it possible to get useful information on how your diet is affecting your body without visiting a doctor’s office or a gym.

Although there is growing interest in body composition scales, a considerable number of consumers question the reliability and accuracy of these devices. Honestly, there is some merit to their doubts. BIA technology heavily depends on the ability of water in body to conduct electricity and variations in hydration level can lead to sharp fluctuations in body composition calculations. This is why people often find a radical difference between the body compositions calculated before and after exercise. Cardio or weight training alter the fluid level in the body rather quickly. The same is the case when you eat or drink. Long story short, you need to consider how hydrated you are before you step on a body fat scale if you want to get an accurate reading.

In conclusion, an impartial review of bioelectrical impedance technology reveals that it has both advantages and disadvantages. What we can say for sure is that it is the best option for home applications.

Wearers of Respiratory Protective Equipment

The need for this measure is significant; as no one’s face is exactly the same as another’s, each piece of respiratory protective equipment must be carefully adjusted to make sure that there are no leaks when using the instrument. No leaks, of course, means that the wearer receives maximum possible protection in hazardous environments.

The process of face fit testing is relatively straightforward, with just a few things to bear in mind. It should be considered that, along with face fit testing, training in effectively using respiratory protective equipment can be extremely valuable. This additional training can further help wearers take steps to ensure their own health and safety.

The most opportune time to undertake face fit testing is at the initial selection of the appropriate respiratory protective equipment for the wearer. Many professional providers of face fit testing also sell and hire this kind of equipment, and can help the client make the choice most adapted to their requirements.

After the face fit testing, the exact model, make, type and size of face piece that was tested should be obtained for the worker to use. If the operative needs to wear many different types of fitted face piece, each of them should be tested to ensure optimal health and safety protection.

It is important to remember that the presence of a good seal between the face piece and the skin is essential in avoiding leaks and their potentially serious health consequences. Wearers with facial hair should be made aware that this prevents a good seal being formed, and therefore leaks are far more likely and protection is therefore compromised.

Perhaps shockingly, up to 50{cf86c5ad91905d3000d3118c438f54fc5b6223898bc50ae08477bb4da26cbb7e} of wearers of respiratory protective equipment are not receiving the maximum protection that they could. This is due not only to the inadequate fit of face pieces, but also issues such as the presence of facial hair when the wearer is using their equipment.

Face fit testing should always be undertaken by a competent individual who has undertaken recognised training on how to fit respiratory protective equipment. Since 2002, there are a number of experienced professional services that specialise in this as well as the delivery of specialist training and sale of high grade breathing air products.

When looking for a professional to conduct face fit testing, it is imperative to look at not only the qualifications, experience and training that the individual or company has under their belt, but also their knowledge of current legislation and therefore their ability to provide the most accurate and up-to-date advice to their clients.

How To Choose the Right Model For You

Looking for the right NordicTrack Incline Trainer? These new types of treadmills are hot right now – mainly because you can burn up to 5 times the calories as you could versus walking on a regular treadmill.

And yet, you can still choose to use them as a regular treadmill – or as a high incline trainer. So you really get 2 machines in one. This explains their popularity.

NordicTrack currently makes 3 different models of incline trainers – the X7i, the X9i and the X11i. This leaves many people wondering – what’s the difference? And which one is better for you?

Well, each one has their benefits and would suit a different type of exerciser. Here’s a rundown of the main differences between them to help you make a more informed decision:

#1 Price

The X7 is the simplest one in the series – so it tends to be the most affordable, coming in around $1600. The X9 is the next model up and runs around $1999, followed by the X11 which is the premium machine in the series running around $2999.

The thing to be aware of is that all incline trainers still give you up to 40{cf86c5ad91905d3000d3118c438f54fc5b6223898bc50ae08477bb4da26cbb7e} incline – so you get the main benefit of these machines (incline training) which each machine no matter which model you choose.

#2 Console

This is one of the main differences between the trainers. The X9 and X11 come with full color consoles with touch screens and built-in web browsers.

So you can surf the net, read emails, watch YouTube videos and more while you workout. If you tend to get bored during workouts, this is a great option.

The X7 does not have the web browser or full color screen. It only has a dual color screen – which for many people can be a bit dull.

#3 Decline

All NordicTrack incline trainers have decline as well as the incline. However the X7 only gives you 3{cf86c5ad91905d3000d3118c438f54fc5b6223898bc50ae08477bb4da26cbb7e} decline whereas the X9 and X11 gives you 6{cf86c5ad91905d3000d3118c438f54fc5b6223898bc50ae08477bb4da26cbb7e} decline.

#4 iFit LIVE

iFit is an online subscription based service that comes with all of the trainers (yearly subscription is extra). You don’t have to use it – but it does offer some really fun benefits.

For example you can download new workouts from Jillian Michaels. You can run famous trails all over the world and watch actual landmarks pass you by in the screen. You can also track you activity over time and set new goals.

iFit LIVE comes built-in with the X9 and X11 models. Whereas with the X7 you have to buy the extra module to try it.

Role of Apps and Closer Patient Connections

Perhaps you’ve heard skeptics say that wearables will stay relegated to monitoring our heart rates or blood pressure while doing cardio exercise. Nobody said it should stop there, and the potential for wearables in healthcare marketing is an open book, including for plastic surgeons.

Everything is already in place on the Apple Watch to compellingly market your plastic surgery practice to new or existing patients. At the same time, you also have a new device for easier communication with new or current patients to help provide what they typically search for in cosmetic surgery.

What elements of the Apple Watch could help you connect better with your prospective or future patients? As many tools as there are, you still have to think of the screen width and how well viewers view your marketing content.

The Role of Apps on the Apple Watch

Using apps on the Apple Watch is a common activity as much as on smartphones. While you do have a smaller screen on the Apple Watch, many people track their health on specialized apps. However, how many apps have you seen on the device that provide inside information on different conditions?

The potentials here of medical practices creating apps that track or provide educative information is very eye-opening. Creating an app for your own plastic surgery practice has the same kind potential in providing information and revealing what patients want.

In this instance, you could create a tracker that monitors what people prefer in the way of plastic surgery procedures. By accumulating this information, you have a real-time way of determining what types of procedures are the most popular and what kind of results patients demand.

You also should provide information in your app about each procedure and what’s involved. As with all apps, the simpler you make its use, the better. This could happen through an easy search box letting people find what they want done (in laymen terms) that leads them to a video or quick summary about what’s involved.

Better Connectivity with Patients

The Apple Watch already has a tool called HealthKit (also integrates with Apple’s ResearchKit) that allows the sharing of information on health apps to your local health provider. While most of these functions are for people with chronic illnesses, don’t eliminate other possibilities. It’s important to stay connected with your current patients as much as you can for updates on new plastic surgery procedures you offer, or information on new techniques.