Having recently just joined the Corporate Wellness Challenge at the Wood River YMCA, I am tracking my “Wellness Choices” over a period of two and a half months. I am logging things for activity –anything 15 minutes or more counts towards the activity choice– and can be any of the following:
I am also logging my nutritional choice, hydration, sleep, screen time and even a bit of downtime/mindfulness!
At the start of the Challenge, biometrics were recorded for each participant (in this case, height, weight, and waist circumference). From height and weight, a BMI (Body Mass Index) is calculated. Do you know your BMI? If not, you can use this simple calculator provided by National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Or sometimes folks prefer a visual chart.
Underweight = <18.5
Normal weight = 18.5–24.9
Overweight = 25–29.9
Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater
Does having a “normal” BMI mean you’re healthy? I personally think there’s a whole lot more to it than Body Composition. For example, The President’s Challenge Adult Fitness Test looks at three additional metrics beyond Body Composition: Aerobic Fitness, Muscular Strength and Endurance, and Flexibility. But then again I wonder if the “sit and reach” number of inches is really the best measure of flexibility? Finding the right metrics for wellness can definitely be a challenge.
What is you favorite metric for wellness? Are you a fan of the wrist bans like FitBit? Post a comment if you like.