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Deans Health and Fitness Blog August 19th

What is BMI and why is it useful? dean

The body mass index (BMI) is a simple ‘healthy weight’ calculator, for men and women to estimate body fat based on their height and weight. Using this index, it is possible to give you a guide for your healthy weight range.

BMI is calculated as an individual's body mass divided by the square of their height. There are a number of online BMI calculators including the NHS website. It’s a good way to set yourself a healthy goal and ensure you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

One of the limitations of BMI is that it can over-predict overweight or obesity in people who are lean and muscular. It is important to know that people who are classified as overweight or obese can still be healthy as long as they are fit.

Is stretching really that important?

Between work, weekends with the family as well as countless other commitments, it’s safe to say most people haven’t got as much time spare as they would like or need to hit the gym – so why spend that precious time stretching?

My advice would be not to underestimate the importance of stretching following your gym routine, whatever that includes. Stretching increases flexibility, aids circulation and strengthens your muscles, as well as helping your body cool down after a strenuous routine. The increased range of motion will also benefit your exercising potential moving forward.
Remember not to over-stretch cold muscles; it could lead to muscle pulls and tears so ensure your body is warmed up before trying anything too difficult.