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Dexafit Asia: one of the first facilities to offer commercially available DEXA scans

Apart from the medical-grade body composition diagnostic, they’ve got a host of other fitness and longevity-oriented tools to add to your arsenal.

We’re about a year into 2021 – which means plenty of New Year’s resolutions have come, and gone, with nary a whimper. It’s going to get worse before it gets better (especially with Chinese New Year right round the corner). When it is time to get better though, it wouldn’t hurt to go in a little more informed than usual. 

Enter Dexafit Asia, launched just last year by co-founders Ian Lim and Vincent Kwo, itself a subsidiary of the US-based Dexafit. The company’s raison d’etre is simple – providing science-based health and fitness solutions that aren’t invasive, difficult or super-expensive. 

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Much like its parent company has been doing for close to a decade, that means an exhaustive analysis of some key health markers which could empower fitness enthusiast and ageing executives alike. Most notably, that’s with the use of a dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan. 

It’s a high-precision scan that yields granular data about your bone density, visceral fat (fat that wraps around your organs) and total body fat percentage. For the lattermost, a DEXA scan’s variance is just 3 per cent or lower, as opposed to the approximately 11 per cent margin of error you’d get from other commercial-grade options.

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As it’s a radiological test, you’ll go through a teleconsultation with a licensed medical professional beforehand – though there’s nothing really to worry about, as a DEXA scan’s radiation roughly equals the amount you’d get from four bananas. It also takes all of ten minutes (which you’ll spend lying down).

Body composition data isn’t just great for those looking to shed a kilogram or two where it counts. It’s also an indicator of general health, and whether you’ve got any fat bubbling below the surface that could lead to chronic illnesses later on. In short, it takes the guesswork out of fitness – at least where it comes to benchmarking progress.

Joan Liew DexaFit

Some other tests include a body scan that generates a full 3D model (complete with measurements) of, well, you – a nifty tool for discovering imbalances in, for example, your biceps, or postural problems after too many hours at a desk. 

The resting metabolic rate test measures how much calories you burn every single day, while a VO2 max test measures your maximum rate of oxygen consumption during increasingly intense exercise. While the latter sounds like it’d the main challenge, it’s actually the former that’s far more difficult – you’re required to sit still for twenty minutes or so, without falling asleep or doing much of anything.

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That said, it’s key to getting an accurate estimation of a very fluid number, enabling a more precise diet plan or exercise regime. The VO2 max test helps you to determine your cardiovascular endurance and is especially useful for endurance athletes when it comes to planning training programmes. 

All the tests can be completed in just under two hours, including a comprehensive debriefing by, or staff trained by, head of education James Yeo, who’s equipped with a decade in sports science experience and the qualifications to boot.

Sari Marsden, performance coach and founding partner of Sarius Performance International getting a DEXA Scan.

Sari Marsden, performance coach and founding partner of Sarius Performance International getting a DEXA Scan.

These diagnostics are also compiled into a mobile application, Dexafit AI, that tracks your dynamic longevity score in line with any changes in diagnostics. In short, it helps you to track your data in an easy-to-read way. The Dexafit AI marketplace, says Yeo, will also be stocked with a slew of health and fitness professionals, products and programmes in the future who can take the data that Dexafit Asia has tracked to improve your health into the future.

They’ve only got one facility tucked away in Royal Square Novena for now, though plans for other facilities across the region (and Singapore) are in the works. Fitness, and therefore, health, aren’t something that’s reserved for the youthful and energetic. Nor is it reserved for those with access to professional-grade equipment. Most of all, it’s never too late to start – though maybe after Chinese New Year’s a good time.

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