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Newer Ideal Weight Guidelines

Sunday, June 29, 2014

I been away from Spark for a while as I had other interests - math, writing, a declutter challenge, Zen Habits, vacation etc. Even so, I have been still getting in a fairly regular exercise routine, although I missed several days, especially during our beach trip. However, I did an online health and fitness review with my health insurance provider -- they pay you $20 to take their review. Although I was under my goal weight of 174 lbs, they came back with a recommendation that I lose more weight. I thought 174 lbs was a good weight for a medium built 68 year old man who is 5'11". , but even at 172 lbs they recommended that I do more exercise and take off more pounds. For reasons below, I agree so I decided to return to Spark.

My wife is happy with my current weight, and my daughter in Williamsburg, Va. thinks that I am not too heavy also. No one around me thinks I am too heavy. However, I am going to follow the health company's guidelines since the ideal weight for me according to "Calculator.net" is as follows:
Based on the Robinson formula (1983), your ideal weight is 160.7 lbs
Based on the Miller formula (1983), your ideal weight is 158.1 lbs
Based on the Devine formula (1974), your ideal weight is 166.0 lbs
Based on the Hamwi formula (1964), your ideal weight is 171.3 lbs
Based on the healthy BMI recommendation, your recommended weight is 132.6 lbs - 179.2 lbs
Although I am within the general BMI recommended weight range, every ideal weight is 1 to 14 pounds under my current weight, and the newer height to weight information (Robinson and Miller) recommend the lesser weight. Seems that I based my weight goal upon outdated information.

More importantly, I think it would be a good idea to lose 14 pounds more, so I would be putting less stress on my joints when I run; because I intend to run another 5K in December again. Currently, when I run a 5K, I try to land on my toes so I gradually absorb each impact with the pavement. Now I generally run in my backyard since running on the grass in my back yard around the pine trees, causes less stress on my bones. I worry about joint stress since I heard from several of my high school alumni, who were basket ball players in their youth and continued to play basket ball after high school, that they had to give up basket ball because of ankle and knee problems. I love running though and feel that mere running does not cause the damage to your joints that playing competitive sports --where you suddenly jump, twist and change directions -- does. I don't intend to run more than a 5K as does my oldest daughter who is now training for a half marathon though. I feel that training for a 5K for 30-35 minutes three days a week is all the cardio exercise that I need, and the lesser weight and lesser training are better for my grass and for my joints.
I also generally am doing the P90x resistance training and stretching routines on days when I am not running, and the P90x cardio routines when it is raining on running days. By staying with Spark, I feel I will be better motivated with my exercise etc. to be at 158 pounds by December and in good physical shape for my 5K.
I see that I gotten some Spark mail and goodies when I was away and look forward to keeping up with the Spark boards. Thanks to all my Spark friends who I know will continue to encourage and motivate me to keep up my routines for better health, both mentally and physically .
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