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Know your Numbers: Height, Weight & BMI

It’s that time of year again! The gym parking lots are packed with new cars from those attempting to honor their resolutions and lose some weight once and for all. Long-time gym goers are annoyed. New gym members are tired. ‘Tis the season for weight loss (and a new season of Biggest Loser!)

Whether you’re a frequent flyer at the gym or have recently signed up for a membership, we recommend knowing some numbers when it comes to your height, weight and BMI so that you can set realistic goals and know what it takes for YOU to be healthy.

Knowing your height

So you wonder what height has to do with anything? Well, your Body Mass Index (BMI) is factored by your height and weight. It’s not that shorter people or taller people are healthier – it’s just that height impacts how much body mass there is; therefore a healthier weight is determined by factoring in height, too. If it’s been awhile since you had your height checked, stop in to our ARCpoint Labs of Lawrence and have one of our nurses help you. It’s easy and painless, but a little bit more accurate than a pencil line on the wall measured by mom’s yard stick. Plus – we’ll do it for free.

Knowing your weight

It’s easier to understand why knowing your weight is important when it comes to determining health. It goes back to the BMI charts – falling into unhealthy ranges can be a sign that future health problems may occur. Those who struggle with weight often have other health problems like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, pre-diabetes or diabetes and more. Height and weight determine your BMI and knowing your BMI is one of the first steps in gauging your health. (Another great step is to have a series of baseline wellness tests performed.) Whether you’re tracking your weight, BMI or wellness tests, measuring progress and effectiveness is important if you’re altering your diet and adding exercise to your routine.

What is a healthy BMI?

See below for some great information about Body Mass Index (BMI)!

[Via: BMICalculator.org BMI Calculator]

 

Need help getting started?

Make 2013 a healthy year! Contact any of our THREE ARCpoint Labs of Kansas City locations if you need assistance measuring your height or weight, or drawing blood work to run wellness panels. We’ll check your height and weight for FREE and can run affordable lab tests – no insurance required!