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The Ever Changing Guidelines For Fitness

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Is it not interesting that just when you think you are beginning to understand the criteria for being fit, the “experts” go and change it up again. For a long while now we have been cautioned that a healthy body needs to have a BMI (body mass index) of between 18.5 and 24.9. Your body mass index number is calculated by dividing your weight (in pounds) by your height (in inches squared) and then multiply by 703.

Anything above 24.9 supposedly puts one in a category of being overweight to the degree that it can seriously compromise ones health.
I actually had my doubts about those recommendations from the beginning because I know individuals who are over 25 in their BMI and yet seem and look very fit and healthy to me. It is hard, however, to argue with the experts with all their vast years of learning and research.

This week, however, there has been some new findings which show that those BMI numbers we have been force fed for years are now out of date. Specialists are now coming together with the notion that a person can be overweight according to those old BMI guidelines and still be perfectly fit.

Many people claim to eat a healthy diet including the foods necessary to sustain maximum health. In addition to that they routinely exercise to keep their bodies in shape and still they have been placed in the overweight (and supposedly less fit) category.

Every body is different. Bone structure, metabolism and hereditary factors all play a part and need to be taken into consideration when assessing fitness and optimum weight. While it is plain common sense to eat healthy and exercise regularly to maintain good health, it is nice to know that there is a legitimate variance in what the results of those good habits will be depending on the individual.

Nancy Smith is one of the owners of RobbinsSports.com, an online retailer specializing in volleyball nets and basketball backboards.