Key Steps to Ensure Your Health & Fitness – Part 2: Your Body Mass Index – A Weighty Issue
The New Year is here and with it, so is the most common resolution: To be more healthy. I know that this is one of my goals this year. That’s why the we are starting the new year off with a new blog series on health and fitness. We hope you enjoy! The dreaded scale. The time between Thanksgiving and New Years is a festive one, however, now we have to pay the piper, get on the scale and see how much damage we’ve done! There’s no doubt that some people tend to put on weight easier than others.
That’s down to the way our bodies metabolize (burn up and convert) the food we eat. We spread that weight around to different parts of the body – men to the abdomen, women to the hips and thighs for instance. It’s that extra stuff that’s critical to our good health because it’s not your actual weight that counts in the fitness stakes but the ratio of weight to height. Remember when the rule of thumb was that if you could “pinch an inch” you probably had too much fat.
Now we go by something more scientific that we call Body Mass Index or BMI. You calculate this by: 1) Multiplying your weight in pounds by 703, (e.g. 150 x 703 = 105,450); 2) Multiplying your height in inches by itself (e.g. 66 x 66 = 4,356); and 3) Dividing the first number by the second (e.g. 105,450 / 4356 = 24.2, your BMI)
In fact, if you have Internet access, you can use the National Heart and Lung Institute BMI calculator at http://www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi to do the math for you. Here it BMI chart: Body Mass Indicator (BMI) range for adults: Below 18.5 = underweight; 18.5 to 24.9 = normal; 25.0 to 29.9 = overweight; 30.0 and above = obese Basically, if your BMI is above 25 (like it is for one third of all Americans), you’ve got work to do.
Unfortunately, according to the Weight-control Information Network, part of the US Department of Health, if you are among that one third you may be at greater risk of suffering: type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and stroke, metabolic syndrome, certain types of cancer, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, gallbladder disease, fatty liver disease or pregnancy complications.
Sorry if this was painful for you. But remember, we are making the commitment to get healthy this year! Now that we know the areas to work on, we can get started! Next we will discuss the importance of our diet. Stay tuned!