A few weeks ago, Chris and I wanted to escape the city so we drove up to Three Rivers and checked out a hiking trail that my coworker had been raving about – Salt Creek BLM. The Salt Creek BLM is land owned by the Bureau of Land Management and is available for use to anyone.
I also recently purchased a new mirrorless camera, the Canon EOS M50 with the 15-45mm lens kit, and this hike was the perfect time for me to put it to good use. Unfortunately, some photos turned out blurrier than expected because my shooting was very novice but photography is definitely a work in progress!
When Chris and I had gone on our hike, the weather was perfect and it was very peaceful. We strolled aimlessly around Salt Creek and snapped a few photos here and there. When we finished, we drove down to Lake Kaweah and did another free hike.
During winters, Lake Kaweah’s water’s level drops due to the drought that fall and summer usually brings but by the time spring rolls in, the water level rises as the snow caps from the mountains melt. It was nice to climb over some of the rocks that were exposed during our visit.
As an avid hiker and healthcare provider, I recently stumbled upon DEXA Scan – a way to precisely measure body composition (muscle, fat, bone). It is a great way to see exactly where you are now and measure progress. They also show you advanced stuff like muscle asymmetry (which can lead to injuries), and visceral fat (the dangerous fat around organs).
A DEXA scan, or dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry, uses x ray technology to determine the distribution of lean muscle, fat, water and bone in your body. Unlike any other body composition measuring tool, DEXA results are highly accurate and highly reproducible. It works by passing two safe and very low dose x-ray beams at differing energy levels through the tissues of the body. The amount of radiation that passes through the tissue is measured by a detector. The computer then determines how much of your tissue is muscle fat water or bone and where it’s all stored.
If you’re interested in learning about your body’s fat mass or muscle density, head over to their website and find a location near you.