Some Signs You May Be Overweight

Clothes too tight for vibrant healthEvery day in the United States, millions of Americans say to themselves “I need to lose weight.”  Are you one of those individuals? 

While many of the individuals who tell themselves that they need to lose weight do need to lose weight, not all do.  So, the question that many ask themselves is “do I really need to lose weight?”  If that is a question that you have asked yourself before, you’ll find this article useful.

Among the indications that you may need to lose weight is if you are obese.  Many individuals do not realize that there is a difference between being overweight and being obese.

While different healthcare professionals have different definitions for obese, it is often said that those who are thirty or forty pounds overweight are obese.  If you are obese, you should be worried not only about your appearance, but your health as well.  Obesity has been linked to multiple health complications, including the early onset of death.

Another method of measuring overweight and obesity is the Body Mass Index (BMI).  BMI is a measure of body fat based on a person’s weight and height. The BMI chart shows four ranges: underweight (Below 18.5), healthy (18.5 – 24.9), overweight (25.0 – 29.9) and obese (30.0 and Above). 

The formula to calculate your Body Mass Index is to divide your weight in pounds by your height in inches squared  and then multiply the result by 703.  For example, a person who weighs 185 lbs and is 6 feet tall (72 inches) would divide 185 by (72 x 72) and then multiply by 703 resulting in a BMI of 25.09.  Continue reading Some Signs You May Be Overweight

Are Muscle Confusion Exercises Effective?

Dumbbells for Vibrant HealthYou’ve most likely seen the infomercials talking about eliminating plateaus and now you are wondering are muscle confusion workouts efficient or are they a gimmick?

If you have ever opened any given fitness magazine you’ve most likely observed sample workouts to help you construct muscle mass.  However, practically each workout is comparable if not the identical as the one in a previous issue.  Ultimately the individuals at the fitness center are giving the identical guidance as what is within the magazines.  The result is seeing everyone at the fitness center doing the same exercise as the next guy.

Regrettably humans are creatures of habit, and we end up doing the same workouts day after day eventually hitting plateaus.  When somebody comes along with a brand new piece of guidance it’s difficult to alter our perspective and try something new.  So what are you to do when everyone is doing the identical workouts expecting new outcomes?  Continue reading Are Muscle Confusion Exercises Effective?