Health – What are the best metrics to track

November 21, 2022

Health is a moving target. Often the way we test our health depends on who we follow in social media. Or the information that made its way into our news stream. But if you want to know how healthy you are what are the best metrics to track?
 
Without question, there is no better place to start than your weight. After you hit your twenties, is your weight is moving up, without any deliberate effort on your part. If it is, it is a warning sign. At the risk of being crucified, excess weight has very little to do with optics. Instead it is an indicator of your health.
 
Body Fat is another excellent way to know if you are doing something wrong. The best way is to use a caliper scale. Using the scale, you pinch your body at various places. Abdomen, arms, chest for example. There are calculators online. They allow you to convert your measurement into body fat.
 
Your waist and hip circumference is a good indicator of your risk for disease. Obesity-related diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure. To calculate your waist circumference, wrap a measuring tape around your stomach. Do the same around your hips. You are looking for a hip to waist ratio of less than 1.
 
High blood pressure puts you at risk for heart disease and stroke, so it’s important to keep tabs on your numbers. Normal blood pressure is 120/80 mmHg or lower. If your blood pressure is higher or lower than normal, be sure to talk to your doctor about ways to lower it.
 
Finally, do you feel fatigued or sleepy all the time, especially during the day? If you do, it is a sign that your body is out of balance. Personally, I track these metrics on a daily or at least weekly basis. There is nothing like measurement to keep you honest!

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