Feeling Fit? Skip the BMI and go with the Waist Height Ratio

BMI never worked for me.

When I was weightlifting, I had a BMI well into the Overweight Zone.   ” But it was all Muscle ” as I told the doctor, he agreed, we were happy.

I had a resting heart rate of 42 then where normal is nearer to 72-80, skated up to 100 miles a week, spent a minimum of 5 hours in the gym per week.

I laughed at “Overweight”.

Since then, my weight has dropped by about 20 pounds.   I don’t feel that I am fitter than I was when I was training for skating, but my weight is down.  There goes all that time on the “Pec Deck”!

Recently I calculated my BMI and it had me right inside the Healthy band.

I laughed at BMI and realized it’s pointless.

It doesn’t take into account, at least accurately, one’s muscle mass, or their bone mass, or physical “structure, and your general fitness level.

Recently there has been a trend in fitness to recalculate that BMI, or at least push the “healthy” range higher as a result.

There seems to be a realization that the BMI is rubbish and there’s yet another measurement called the Waist to Height Ratio.

You don’t have to worry about this one, it’s simpler.

You know your height, generally.
You know your waist size, or at least you should.

If not, get the tape measure out.

For someone who is 6 feet tall, or 72 inches, they should have less than a 36 inch waist.

The golden number is a ratio of 1/2.   Your waist should be no more than 1/2 of your height.

*whew*, I made it.

Especially after this weekend of Rum Raisin Ice Cream, and a trip to the Chinese Buffet!

This calculation works if you’re metric as well.  180 CM tall means no more than a 90 CM waist.

Don’t mix your Metric and your Imperial measurements, and you’ll be fine.

Remember, walk an extra block and you’ll have a better time of it.   Get off the subway a stop earlier and walk to the office.  Park a little further out on the Mall parking lot under the shady tree.  Go with the “medium” instead of “large” at the food court.  “One To Grow On” is all it takes to get that ratio over the magic .50

If your ratio is over that 1/2 or .50, don’t fret, you can get yourself in shape.  Take the long view since it won’t happen today but you can start.  After all, it took you this many years to get where you are, it will take time to get yourself in a more healthy place.

Stroke Indicator

I guess with all the dog drama I’ve had lately, I am finding health tips more appealing.

Velma had sent me this “helpful hint” about how to detect a stroke a while back and today is the day.  It reads quickly, and you may just save a life with the information here.

Stroke Indicator

FYI…again, but helpful…


Stroke has a new indicator.  It has been said if you email this to 10 people, you stand a chance of saving one life.  Will you send this along?  Blood Clots/Strokes They Now Have a Fourth indicator, The Tongue

STROKE: Remember the 1st Three Letters….S.T.R.

        Stroke Identification:

During A BBQ, a woman stumbled and took a little fall – she assured everyone she was fine (they offered to call paramedics)…she said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.  They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food.   While she appeared a little shaken up, Jane went on went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening. 

Jane’s husband called later telling everyone that his wife was taken to the hospital. – (at 6pm Jane passed away.)  She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ.  Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Jane would be with us today.  Some don’t die; they end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.  It only takes a minute to read this.

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke…totally.  He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough. 

        Recognizing a Stroke

Thank God for the sense to remember the ‘3’ steps, STR.  Read and learn!
S* Ask the individual to Smile
T* Ask the person to TALK and Speak a Simple Sentence (Coherently)   i.e. Chicken Soup
R* Ask him or here to RAISE BOTH ARMS, if she or he has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

New Sign of Stroke —–Stick Out Your Tongue

NOTE: Another ‘sign’ of a stroke is this:  Ask this person to ‘stick’ out his tongue.  If the tongue is ‘crooked’, if it goes to one side or the other, that is also an indication of a stroke.