know your numbers

BLOG YOUR HEART OUT is officially half-way done!  this lil blog post is a combo-post of weeks 5 and 6 since “somebody” forgot to blog last week.  hmm.  anywho…my apologies, but i really got some great info from betteru that i’m excited to share – but actually it’s more of a challenge.  aside from all the numbers you should know already (cholesterol, blood pressure, etc.), here are 3 numbers you should know to live a healthy, active lifestyle:

1) know your BMI
the american heart association defines BMI (Body Mass Index) as “a numerical value of your weight in relation to your height.”  this value is an indicator of healthy or unhealthy weights for adult men and women, regardless of body frame size. BMIs under 25 are considered healthy, while higher BMIs are associated with significantly increased health risks.  BMI values from 18.5 to 24.9 are healthy. A BMI between 25 and 30 is considered overweight and a BMI above 30 is considered obese. don’t know yours?  find out your BMI here!

2) know how active you should be
you all know you should move – but do you know how much?  don’t let the scale be your only measure of heart health! experts recommend all adults engage in 2 ½ hours of moderately intense aerobic (endurance) activity each week, which is about 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.  not enough time?  exercise at a higher intensity and you can do 75 minutes of vigorous activity instead.  this is the recommended amount to achieve significant health benefits including heart health.
3) know your calorie intake
ok so you don’t necessarily have to count calories, but you should have an idea of how many calories you should be taking in each day – otherwise the pounds can creep on and that can affect your heart health too!  check out what your calorie intake should be.  my motto: enjoy all things in moderation.  the american heart association made a point this week to point out to “recognize emotional triggers” so you can control your food choices.  emotions and stress can sometimes affect our ability to control our food intake.  they recommend keeping a food log to gain insight into patterns!
so take 10m out of your day to know your numbers and be that much closer to reaching your goals.  one of the recommended rewards this week for the betteru program was to reward yourself with a “beautifully designed journal to track your progress.”  i have to take this opportunity to plug fitbook obviously!  it’s a great time to get one given that we have only about 12 short weeks before it’s time to don the beachwear.  i’m gearing up to launch a 12-week beach body challenge in our newsletter next week so if you aren’t already, subscribe to our eNewsletter so you can get a gift with your fitbook purchase and be in-the-know-for our 12 week challenge!
signing off so i can go get in a run before the sun goes down – thank goodness for daylight savings time (although i was NOT saying that when the alarm went off this morning!).  make it a fabulous week!

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