December 26, 2003, Newsletter Issue #102: Your BMI

Tip of the Week

Your BMI, or BODY MASS INDEX, is used to determine whether an individual is of healthy, normal weight in proportion to height.

It`s calculated according to the following formula:

BMI=weight in kilograms divided by height in meters. For example, a man weighing 220lbs, or 100kg, and measuring 6ft , or 1.8 meters in height would have a BMI of 30.9. (100kg/1.8 squared =30.9.

A BMI of 20-24 is accepted as normal for men, while for women a range of 19-24 is accepted as normal. A figure higher than this suggests a person is a bit overweight, with the term obesity being used whhen the BMI is above 30.

This is a great starting point for those of you who are interested in getting as fit as possible to play tennis.

Remember, tennis won`t make you fit, but if played properly, will help to keep you fit, along with other forms of exercise, proper nutrition, and eliminating sources of stress from your life.

Check with your doctor and determine what is the safest way to get to your target BMI.

Happy New Year to all of my subscribers!


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