Let’s start here- Where do you find yourself based on these things?
● Body Mass Index (BMI)
● Body Composition Ratio
● Exercise and a Healthy Diet
BMI vs. Body Composition:
Body Mass Index is simply a weight-for-height ratio used to estimate body fat. This is not the best way of measuring one's level of "fit".
Body Composition is a term used to describe the percentage of lean mass to fat mass that
contributes to a person’s total body weight. This measurement is a much more accurate way of determining someone's fit level. Different tools can be used to assess your body composition: body fat vs. lean muscle (see chart)
Higher BMIs and body composition percentages are associated with being overweight or obese. Carrying extra weight is known to increase total cholesterol and blood pressure, as well as increase the risk of developing coronary artery disease. Obese and overweight individuals are less likely to exercise, and therefore are more likely to suffer a heart attack, when compared to individuals that participate in regular exercise.
What Does It Mean To Be Fit?
Fit people are motivated by the way they feel, not by how they look. Fit comes in all shapes, sizes, and ages. Fit people have a well-balanced body that is maintained by a clean diet and regular workout program. Their BMI and/or Body Composition is within the healthy range. A healthy and fit individual will avoid excess fat around their organs, which results in better health, by decreasing their risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and many other illnesses related to obesity.
Having an ideal body fat percentage can improve the way your body functions. Ignoring how your body functions every day, will continue to drive you into a health hole.
Is this you?
· struggle making it up the stairs at work
· can’t play outside with your kids or grandkids for more than a few minutes
· can’t get in and out of the car easily
· get winded by moving your body
Do not put off a healthy lifestyle because you think it is too late. Diseases associated with an excess of body fat, worsen as the amount of body fat increases. But have no fear, there’s good news! When body fat returns to within acceptable ranges, the body can return to normal, healthy functioning, and the risk for developing the diseases mentioned above decreases significantly. Fitness and proper nutrition can lower your body fat, strengthen your muscles, and create an overall improvement in your quality of life.
Did you know…Fitness is for everyone?
There are hundreds of ways to workout. You do not have to go to the gym by yourself, or go on log jogs to get in shape. There are programs designed to encourage you, push you, and help you achieve your goals. If you struggle with accountability or boredom in your fitness program, We highly encourage you to find a group fitness program or book one-one-one sessions with a certified personal trainer. At Level Up, our coaches will help you to set some goals, create a game plan, and learn to embrace the journey to becoming a healthier, happier, more fit version of you!