Lowering my BMI is the real priority

Body-Mass-Index-Calculator-2 What is BMI?

The BMI, or Body Mass Index, is a calculation of the healthiness of an individual based on their height to weight ratio. It provides a reference point for classifying obesity. When a BMI score comes back at a level that is deemed too high, it is important to try to lower your BMI. To lower BMI, it is necessary to understand what goes in to the calculations and what you can do to change them.

  • A BMI of under 18 implies that you are underweight.
  • A BMI between 18 and 25 is within the normal (healthy) range.
  • A BMI between 25 and 30 is considered overweight.
  • A BMI of over 30 implies that you are obese

As of this writing I have a BMI of 46.6 my chief concern is working to get this lowered before any serious problem arise with my health. My real driving factor for wanting to get healthy now is the upcoming wedding. Megan and I are set to get married on April 18th 2015. I am hoping to work as hard as I can to be as healthy as I can before our wedding.

 

Exercise to Lower BMI

Step 1 Exercise for at least an hour a day, five days a week. The CDC (Center For Disease Control) reports that 30 minutes of aerobic exercise is acceptable for maintaing health, but 60 minutes is the beginning stage for weight loss and lowering BMI. Choose activities you enjoy that increase your heart rate such as bicycling, walking, or

Step 2 Perform resistance training twice a week. Resistance training builds muscle, which helps you burn more calories and speeds up your metabolism. Perform exercises that target the major muscle groups including the legs, glutes, abs, back and arms. I have just started adding some resistance training to my routine, and two days after my first session I am still feeling sore.

Step 3 Increase your activity throughout your day. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator and parking away from your destination to walk farther will burn calories to help you lose weight and lower your BMI. One of the ways I have fit activity in to my day is using a treadmill I set up in my living room and walk while watching television.

Step 4 Get at least six but no more than eight hours of sleep every night. The National Institute of Health reports that people who got less than six hours or more than eight hours of sleep were more likely to gain weight.
Things to Consider
I am speaking strictly from the Obese persons BMI. This is not a hard fact for every person. For example pregnant women, body builders, and children all have different height weight proportions, thus skewing the BMI chart. My path for this article is to take my BMI of 46.6 (as of today's writing) and try to get it into the healthy range of of below 25.