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					Interested in getting fit? What does your body mass index have to do with it?

If you are interested in getting in shape, congratulations! There are a whole host of health related benefits
that come with being in shape, like reduced risk for many diseases, lower levels of anxiety, etc. We often
use weight as a way to assess our progress with our fitness goals, but our body mass index is likely to be
much better indicator of how physically fit we are.

The number on the scale is certainly important, but your body mass index is important, as well. Your weight
does not account for how tall you are; weighing two hundred pounds may indicate that you are at risk for
health related issues and complications if you are only five feet tall, for example, but there is likely
less for concern if you weigh two hundred pounds and are six feet tall. Your body mass index takes into
account how tall you are, and is a number that reflects both your weight and your height. As such, it is often
considered a reliable means of gauging the amount of body fat someone has.

Most fitness and health experts agree that a body mass index over twenty five is a pretty strong indicator
that a person is overweight. A body mass index greater than thirty likewise indicates that a person is most
probably obese. There are health risks associated with being overweight, as well as being obese, and so body
mass index is often used as a possible guide for evaluating those people who might be at risk. Your risk of
health related complications rises significantly if you are obese.

Are you interested in determining what your body mass index is? If so, it is relatively easy to find out.
Many websites have calculators that will let you plug in your height and your weight and will calculate
your mass index for you. Likewise, some sites have charts where you can look up your body mass index.

Many people find it helpful to focus on their body mass index over their weight, as this number can be a more
useful indication of how physically fit one is. Consider tracking changes in your body mass index each month;
keep a journal where you log the frequency of your workout routines and where you calculate your BMI each
month. It may be encouraging to be able to see your progress!

Eating a diet low in fat will be helpful to you in your quest to get into shape. Fast food and other
foodsin fat and sugar are very counterproductive to fitness goals; a diet high in fruits and veggies
complex carbohydrates is the most conducive to continued good health.

Getting fit takes dedication and commitment and work. The benefits of being in good physical health are
extensive and range from the purely physical to the psychological and emotional. We wish you success in
meeting your fitness goals!

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