Friday, September 3, 2010

Body Mass Index (BMI)

There are some fitness gurus who don't think BMI is a good measure of fitness. It does have some disadvantages (particularly for big, muscular men) but generally speaking it is a piece of information to know in your pursuit of wellness. Here is a handy calculator from Healthy Widgets to find out your personal BMI:

BMI Calculator
Height: feet   inch(es)
Weight: pounds

And here is a handy table to know what your results mean:

BMIWeight Status
Below 18.5Underweight
18.5 - 24.9Normal
25.0 - 29.9Overweight
30.0 and aboveObese

As you journey toward better health and wellness for life keep track of your BMI and body fat data. A check in once or twice per month is a good interval and keep a diary so you'll know how much healthier you're getting over time. 

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