So we are on Day 23 of Phase 2 Journey to Better Challenge, and so far the main focus has been on Mental, Emotional,& Spiritual health. Reason being is so many focus on the outer results and miss the key elements resulting in yo yo dieting and not many results that last beyond the moment you are in. This journey is about sustaining lasting results, and this is only obtained when you work on the inside out. Releasing baggage that holds you captive. Once these things are dealt with you are able to stick to the goals you set and achieve the ultimate results. Now many are confused on what being healthy really means. Is it your size jeans, is it the size of your hips, bottom or chest. Not quite. being healthy is not based on your outer appearance alone. Although in most cases it is a clear indication of unhealthiness, what determines your overall health are the maintenance of your inner self. Below are some things to check and gain control over to ensure overall better health!
- Body Mass Index
- Blood Pressure-Systolic Pressure/Diastolic Pressure
- Cholesterol-Low density lipoprotein (LDL), High Density Lipoprotein (HDL), Total Cholesterol (TC), Total Cholesterol to HDL ratio, non-HDL Cholesterol, Triglycerides
- Glucose–Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, Hemoglobin A1C
What is Body Mass Index– You may have heard people refer to this as BMI . BMI is the calculation of your weight and height. This measurement is used to determine your fat percentage which is necessary when preventing health issues, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity , some forms of cancer, strokes, sleep apnea , arthritis diabetes etc. Once this calculation is done your normal range should be anywhere between 18.5 – 24.9 anything over would be considered overweight , If over 30 you are considered obese/Morbidly obese. Could what you look like outwardly differ from what the results say. Yes. you could appear thin and still have a higher fat percentage than normal, and you could appear heavier and be in the normal range. It is all based on your weight vs height ratio, which is why some people can be completely healthy and appear larger than others and vice verse.
What is Blood Pressure?-This force applied to the artery walls as the heart obtains blood through your body. This is measured in two numbers. The Systolic Pressure( the first number shown in the reading, shows the pressure when the heart contracts and pumps the blood throughout the body & Diastolic Pressure is the second number which shows the pressure when the heart rests between heart beats. High Blood pressure affects your health in many ways, You may have heard of this also referred to by hypertension. If your Blood pressure is uncontrolled and not in a healthy range this can lead to heart disease, heart attack and strokes, causing blindness, kidney disease, heart failure and death.
What is Cholesterol?- This is the soft wavy like substance found in your blood cells of your body.This is needed for building of cells and hormones, LDL, ( bad Cholesterol, ), HDL ( Good Cholesterol), TC ( Total Cholesterol), Total Cholesterol to HDL ratio is the measurement used to evaluate the risk of stroke, heart disease etc. NON HDL cholesterol is the difference between the total and the HDL which represents the bad cholesterol and predicts the risk of cardiovascular disease .Triglycerides are a form of fat made in your body and in many cases high levels of triglyceride levels are associated with Heat disease.
What is Glucose-The measurement in the amount of sugar in the blood. Insulin is a hormone that helps the body use and store the glucose you get from the food you consume, and high levels of sugar or hyperglycemia is a result of having too little insulin or your body not being able to produce insulin correctly. If Glucose levels are consistently elevated or uncontrolled it could very possibly lead to Diabetes. Type 1-occurs when the body does not produce insulin. type 2-Occurs when the body is not producing enough insulin or is not using it correctly. Hemoglobin A1C is the average blood sugar level for the past 2 or 3 months this test gives a complete picture of your sugar levels. High sugar levels can cause dizziness, nausea , coma, vision problems, and many other issues.
Above are some previous post that will help get you motivated and encouraged with changing your outlook on health and fitness! Trust me I know how difficult this can be and how sometimes you need a little motivation to get there but you can do it! Remember we are in this together Im rooting for you!!
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