Posted by idealbodyweisah in April 16, 2010
A more accurate inquiry would be ‘what is a healthy weight for my age, gender, skeletal size, and ethnic group?’ With that thought, according to the American Medical Association (AMA) rules for adult weight chart (below), if you are five feet tall you ought to weigh between 97 and 123 pounds. In an effort to ascertain where on this chart your optimum healthy weight lays you will need a few important measurements that you will be able to do from home.
Height – If you haven’t been measured in your doctor’s office in the preceding month or so, you may need to confirm our height. As early as your 40′s you may possibly start to see a change in your height. Stand on a firm floor (not carpeted) with your backside against the wall, your heels together and touching the wall and your head upright. Have your friend or family member position a hard bound book (or a similarly non elastic guide on top of your head, making certain it is lying flat and smooth. With a pencil, mark the underside edge of the book on the lightly wall. After you have a mark, with a tape measure you can gauge from the floor to the mark to establish your height. Since the AMA weight chart is dependent on inches (not feet and inches) record your height in inches, for example 5 ft 6 inches would be 66 inches.
Skeletal Size – measuring your skeletal or skeleton size is done by just wrapping your thumb and index finger of your right hand around your left wrist, if your finger and thumb overlap you have a small frame. If your thumb and finger touch your frame is medium, and if there is a gap between your finger and thumb you have a large frame.
Weight – Your bathroom scale is not precise. It does not matter how much you paid for it, what the brand name is or if you stand on it fully clothed or in your all under, it is not a calibrated scale in is not precise. Although it can be relatively close with a few simple tips. Position your scale on a firm floor (not carpeted) the flooring ought to be level if there are low or high spots it with distort your results. With the scale set, press down on it with your hand and then let go, verify the dial or digital read out if it is not setting at 0, correct it repeat to insure that the scale is at zero. Step onto the scale, placing your feet evenly on the surface of the scale (if the scale is marked for foot position center your feet on the markings) and distribute your weight evenly on both feet. Do not touch anything resting your hand on the wall, having your leg brushing against a counter etc. will distort your weight. When the dial or digital read out on the scale has settled read your weight.
BMI or Body Mass Index – As soon as you have your weight you can use the chart below to find your BMI. Find your height along the left side, then go crossways the chart to the right to your weight. Follow that column to the top of the chart BMI line, for instance if you are 72 inches tall and weigh 191 pounds your BMI is twenty six.
Percent body fat – The best and most precise tactic to gauge your percent body fat is to have a caliper test done by a expert, this service is available at your health club/gym, a doctor’s office, even at your neighborhood community center. If you would like to figure it out at home, there is a WikiHow article that uses the US Navy’s formula.
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