Most people watch the scale to measure weight loss success. I encourage clients to base their success on health and strength improvements. Have you reduced medications because you’re healthier? Have you eliminated your sore back or neck because your posture is better and muscles are stronger? How much more weight can you lift since you started? You get the idea!
WAIST MEASUREMENT IS ONE WAY TO MEASURE HEALTH SUCCESS
However, if a client wants to measure their body composition, I suggest measuring waist circumference. People who carry fat in their belly are considered “apple” shape and people who carry more fat in their hips and thighs are considered “pear” shape.
According to the American Council on Exercise: “Research has shown that apples are at a greater risk for developing a number of health-related problems, the most prominent being hypertension or high blood pressure, type II diabetes or non-insulin dependent diabetes, and hyperlipidemia-elevated levels of fat in the blood.
WHAT WAIST MEASUREMENT INDICATES
Waist of over 31 inches (about 80cm) indicates slight health risk.
Waist of over 35 inches (about 90cm) indicates substantially increased risk.
Waist of over 37 inches (about 94cm) indicates slight health risk.
Waist of over 40 inches (about 102cm) indicates substantially increased risk.
Hopefully by now you’re in a good routine eating healthy, being active and on your way to seeing good health results!
Sunday, November 21, at 1:00 p.m. I’m leading a hike through Afton State Park. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 651-470-8060 if you’re interested in participating!