What’s Your Healthy Weight Range?
“Healthy weight” is a relative statement.
Remember all the times you were told that no two people are alike? It’s not just a fluffy, feel-good platitude. When it comes to healthy weight ranges, every individual is different.
So, how can you determine what “healthy weight” means for you? If you’re not the type to prioritize exercise and healthy eating, it’s likely that you may not be within your healthy weight range, even if you are not visibly out of shape. Likewise, if you are an active person with healthy habits, you likely are within a healthy range, even if you don’t feel like you qualify as ‘skinny.’
That’s one of the most important weight range lessons to remember: how you appear or compare in appearance to those around you is not an accurate measure of your health.
BMI and Waist Circumference
If appearance isn’t a reliable indicator of healthy weight, how can you determine if you are within your healthy range? Body mass index (or BMI) and waist circumference are two effective ways to assess your weight.
The BMI is found by dividing weight (in kilograms) by squared height in meters. A normal, healthy weight range for body mass index is between 18.5 and 24.9. While BMI is not necessarily indicative of overall health, it can indicate high or low body fatness.
Assessing your waist circumference is another great way to get a general impression about whether or not you are currently in a healthy weight range. Men’s waist circumference should be no more than 40 inches; women’s waists (unless pregnant) should be less than 35 inches. Waist circumferences greater in measurement than those given sizes may be indicative of excessive body fat.
To learn more about healthy weight range or to begin effective programs and activities to encourage a lifestyle of health and wellness, contact Wellworks For You today. Their exceptional health programs and resources can help you to achieve a healthier weight and a healthier you.