Life is made up of breaths — a certain number of breaths. The longer the breaths, the longer you may live; rodents have the shortest lifespan because they have the shortest breaths in the animal kingdom. To live long, you need to breathe right. Correct breathing provides more oxygen to your lungs, and hence nourishes your body organs and tissues.
Correct body posture enhances not only your body image but also your lung functioning, and hence your breathing.
The Right Numbers
Body fitness has to do with the right numbers
Measure waist circumference (between rib cage and above belly button). A waistline of 35 inches or more for most women, and a waistline of 40 inches or more for most men indicate an increased health risk for developing chronic diseases and disorders.
Body Mass Index (BMI)
It is a measure of body fat based on body weight and height:
BMI is determined by the formula: BMI = (body weight in pounds) divided by (body height in inches x body height in inches) multiplied by (703).
To illustrate, if you are 5’11” tall and you weigh 165 pounds, your BMI will be: (165/71×71) x 703 = 23
The BMI numbers have the following implications:
Any BMI that falls between 19 and 24.9 is considered ideal and healthy.
Any BMI that is below 18.5 is considered underweight.
Any BMI that ranges from 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight.
Any BMI that is above 30 is considered obese.
Normal blood pressure is 138/85. Your ideal blood pressure is 120/80. You may have high blood pressure when readings of 140/90 occur over an extended period.
Blood Sugar Levels
A normal fasting (no food for eight hours) blood sugar level is between 70 and 99 mg/dL
A normal blood sugar level two hours after eating is less than 140 mg/dL.
Keep total cholesterol below 200 milligrams per deciliter of blood, with LDL below 130 and HDL above 65.
Less than 200 mg/dL (Desirable)
200 – 239 mg/dL (Borderline high)
240 mg/dL and above (High)
Less than 100 mg/dL (Optimal)
100 – 129 mg/dL (Near optimal)
130 – 159 mg/dL (Borderline high)
160 – 189 mg/dL (High)
190 mg/dL or above (Very high)
HDL cholesterol (higher is better)
Less than 40 mg/dL (Low)
More than 60 mg/dL (High)