Healthy Body Fat for Active Women

 

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We must face reality sometimes ladies. Women naturally carry more body fat than men. Maybe it had something to do with the Apple…I don’t know. No really, it comes down to genetics. Women carry the extra body fat for health reasons. Did you know that a body fat percentage below 15%  puts you ladies at risk for losing your period? Did you also know that it also increases risk for osteoporosis and fatigue.

It is estrogen in the teen years that begins to distinguish women from men. Women begin to put on more body fat through the hips and breasts.  With the naturally higher amounts of body fat, young girls must pay closer attention to their eating habits, especially if they aren’t active because the addition of natural body fat with excess calories carries the potential to drive body weight up rapidly.

So nutrition and activity are key to maintaining a healthy level of body fat for women, but what are the ranges? According to the March 2010 issue of Oxygen magazine:

  • Top Athletes 15-20%
  • Fit Women 21-24%
  • Healthy/Acceptable 25-32%
  • Over the limit 33% plus

Of course these are just general guidelines as there are plenty of unfit people with low body fat percentages, but you can roughly use these to determine your overall fitness. If you’re not active, maybe it’s time to get active!

By Rich Thurman, B.Sc., MA, CSCS, CPT

Health & Performance Coach

Active Lifestyle Co. Ltd

With a degree in Physiology from UCLA and a Masters Degree in Sports & Fitness Management, Rich combines his knowledge of rehabilitation and sports performance as well as nutritional studies to provide a complete and holistic approach to training clients. The focus is on lifestyle change which creates long term health.

 

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About Rich Thurman III B.Sc, MA, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
Rich has a Bachelors of Science in Physiological Science from UCLA and a Masters of Sports Management from USF. He is certified by the National Strength & Conditioning Association, (NSCA) as a Personal Trainer (CPT) and Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He is primary author of The Fitness Library and writes for various other publications, including the San Francisco Police Officer's Association. Rich is the founder of Xodus Fitness, which offers Fitness Consulting & Personal Training, Urban Body Transformation Bootcamps, Corporate Wellness. Rich also conducts Workshops and an annual lecture at the San Francisco State University Kinesiology Department. Please feel free to contact through any of the links below to inquire about professional services or opportunities.

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