I am still having fun, spring cleaning and setting up the house, following my arrival back to the base camp cottage in Victoria, on Thursday afternoon.
My current project is converting the lower level, storeroom area of the split-level bedroom into an exercise area.
Three bags full of rubbish to go out, piles of ribbons, arts and crafts supplies and stock for a downsizing sale to start soon, and 12 hours of physical work including furniture removal as my calorie burn effort for the day, lol, I did my strength training moving a heavy table.
In the cleanup, I found a BMI and WHR or Waist to Hip ration chart, I had made for me in a healthy weight medical assessment a year ago, and the BMI put me at obese, and the WHI puts me at normal healthy weight. Two totally different figures and a skin fold test says I could still lose some excess weight but where that weight is, is not going to affect my health.
Three different, opinions from three, different tests, by the same-trained assessors.
They put the least importance on BMI.
As a swimmer, I have a lot of opportunities to see other women, entering or leaving a swimming pool wearing a costume that allows me to see the huge variation in each of us and I can plainly see that body fat percentage has nothing to do with height and weight. I can see for myself the total inaccuracy of BMI as a means of assessing fat percentage.
What is BMI
BMI was first proposed about 150 years ago as a way to estimate the body fat percentage of a human, using age, weight, height, and sex to calculate the figure. There are at least three different formulas you can use to work this out; none give an accurate assessment.
The BMI value we can't tell definitely whether the person is thin or fat because it does not have the muscle mass to fatty mass percentage and yes some people's bones are thicker. If you are assessing your body fat percentage and using BMI, you may want to take into account some other parameters along with the BMI.
Waist to Hip Ratio.
Waist-to-hip ratio: if the coefficient is 0.5 or more this means that a person has too much abdominal fat. It is assumed that a WHR of 0.7 for women shows that she has the ideal shape and body fat for good health and fertility. For men, the optimal value of WHR is 0.9.
As the formulas for calculating true body fat percentage are too much like mathematics for my liking. I simply strip off and look in the mirror, and decide, 'Yes, I have a little more work to do", or 'Looking good—maintenance time.' I also put my faith in excellent gym trainers interested in fitness and health, not just body image and pushing you to be slim, to advertise their gym or slim program.
I have a feeling, that moving heavy furniture at 64 years of age, with my husband of almost 70, after midnight last night, had a lot more to do with being an eccentric, personality than achieving my goal of balance in my life, but, no harm done this morning.
I am thrilled to have got the hard part out of the way; the rest is just a matter of working through the, sorting, organizing and downsizing. Nowhere near as much fun though as the radical stuff I got up to last night nor the delight in finding those hip to waist ratio formulas and my peak flow airway monitor, that showed a 20% improvement in my lung capacity, to remind myself, I am ‘doing OK.'
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