To many of you, this may not mean much. But these numbers have helped me redefine my own meaning to the question, "what does healthy mean?"
Flashback to July 2012: I was 28 years old and weighed the most I ever had in my entire life, 270 lbs. Aside from the weight, my blood pressure was 140/90. My fasting blood glucose level was 120. The number above represents nearly 4 years of hard work including exercise, a complete overhaul of my eating habits, and most importantly, a mental shift in the way I think about health and fitness.
I, like most people, always determined how healthy I was based on two numbers: my weight on the scale and my BMI. I'm not saying you shouldn't pay attention to those numbers, but I want to challenge you to add a few more into your health profile.
Do you know...
- your resting heart rate?
- your fasting blood glucose level?
- your blood pressure?
- your body fat percentage?
- your heart rate recovery time?
If you answered 'no' to any or all of the above questions, I challenge you to seek out your health care provider and a certified personal trainer to help assess what your numbers are. Getting a total picture of your overall health includes all your numbers.
When you are armed with information and knowledge, you can start to form a plan as to how you want to improve your health. Your number one goal shouldn't always be to lose weight. Fat loss is a bonus by-product of living healthier. When you know your numbers, you can begin to define, "what does healthy mean" for yourself.
Yours in health,