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 our weight as a way to assess our progress with our fitness goals, but our body mass index is likely to be a 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 cause 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 online websites have calculators that will let you plug in your height and your weight and will calculate your body 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 foods high in fat and sugar are very counterproductive to fitness goals; a diet high in fruits and veggies and 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!