To calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI), enter your height and weight into the form above. The BMI is a simple index of weight-for-height that is commonly used to classify underweight, overweight and obese in adults. The use of BMI allows us to compare women with different heights and weights more meaningfully, especially if they have different body compositions. In general, If your BMI is less than 18.5 you are considered underweight If your BMI = 18.5–24.9 you are at an optimal weight If your BMI is more than 25 you are over the normal range If your BMI = 35+ you have obesity With a large frame size – high muscle mass and a low waist circumference: Overall, obese people tend to have: greater amounts of body fat high waist circumference [suggesting central or abdominal obesity] and less lean tissue [muscle, bone etc] than normal-weight people. Men usually have a higher BMI than women because they tend to have more muscle per unit of weight. However, the percentage of body fat tends to be lower in men than in women with equivalent BMIs. There is evidence that different races and populations differ in their ideal weight range and risk for the disease at a given BMI and these variations should be considered when making clinical decisions. Also see: Body Mass Index (BMI) charts for children and Teens
Exercises to maintain normal BMI for women
Maintaining a healthy BMI is important for overall health and well-being. Women can maintain a healthy BMI by participating in regular physical activity. Regular physical activity helps to control weight, reduces the likelihood of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer, and improves mental health and mood.
Aerobic Exercise to maintain normal BMI for women
The best types of exercise for maintaining a healthy BMI are aerobic exercises that raise the heart rate for an extended period of time. These exercises include walking, jogging, running, cycling, swimming, and dancing. It is important to engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise on most days of the week to achieve health benefits.
Muscle-strengthening activities to maintain normal BMI for women
Muscle-strengthening activities are also important for overall health and well-being for women. Muscle-strengthening activities help to build bone mass, reduce the likelihood of falls that may result in a hip fracture or other injury, improve balance and coordination, and maintain muscle strength. These activities include lifting weights, working with resistance bands, using exercise equipment at a fitness club, doing exercises such as sit-ups or push-ups, climbing stairs, carrying heavy objects around the house or yard, or participating in activities such as yoga or Pilates.
It is important to remember that it takes up to two hours after aerobic activity for your body temperature to return to normal. During this time you should avoid taking hot showers/baths and drinking ice-cold beverages. Dehydration has also been associated with the development of heat exhaustion. If you are not adequately hydrated before exercise, you should drink approximately 1 cup (8 ounces) of water every 15–20 minutes during your workout.