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Get Your Measuring Tapes Girls!!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Break out the measuring tape!!

Look for 2 great articles"Waist-to-Hip Ratio Estimates Health Risk" by Fitness Jen Mueller and Nicole Nichols in Spark's Fitness Articles. and "Gallstones linked to "Gut" Circumference" by Dietitian Becky Hand in Spark's Nutrition News Flash!

According to the articles, where your body stores fat is a good indicator of your overall health. The size of your waistline is directly related to the overall health of your body. A waist circumference of 40 inches or more doubles the risk of gallstones.

The Waist-to-Hip article is very instructive on how to measure your waist and hips using a "Waist-to-Hip (WTH) ratio, which is a common method of fat distribution that can help you track your weight loss progress and serve as a warning to heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes, diabetes and cancer.

Access weight around the abdominal region can also increase the pressure on the bladder causing urinary incontinence, a sudden urge to urinate especially when coughing, laughing or sneezing and in males erectile dysfunction symptoms.

My New Year's plan is to focus on reducing my waist this year!

My main focus is to change from the scale to the measuring tape. I feel that I will get more motivation as my waist reduces than the up and down numbers on the scale.

I am setting my goal to measure my waist, abdomen and hips on a weekly basis.

Wish me luck and help me stay motivated with reminders!!!

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    I just started using the measuring tape the other day. Someone suggested it to me after I was feeling discouraged because the scale wasnt showing that much change. emoticon
    3015 days ago
    You are so right Vera,the tape measure is a great way to track and I agree it's very motivating to see changes on measurement numbers.I did my measurements a month ago and was the first time for me,I wasn't sure if I was doing it right,this information to have here will be helpful to go back and re measure. emoticon Thank you for sharing this information with us Vera,I will look at these articles.Happy Measuring! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Diana
    3015 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/19/2011 12:54:13 PM
    You know I started the measuring tape back in Nov because I wasn't seeing results on the scale. And the measuring tape show me results and keeps me motivated instead on thinking the scale is broke!
    3015 days ago
  • OCTOBER2842
    Great thought, great idea
    3016 days ago
    Plan on getting one today......thanks for the reminder! The moment of truth is at hand! emoticon
    3016 days ago
    3016 days ago
    I find that keeping track of measurement changes is very encouraging when the scale is being stubborn!
    3017 days ago
    Great post
    3017 days ago
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