Along your personal journey to improve your wellness and LiveFit, you may find yourself wondering how to quantify your goals. Achieving an ideal bodyweight is a good starting point.
Still, you may find yourself struggling to understand what an “ideal” bodyweight is. Fortunately, there are many effective ways for you to define this goal for yourself. Let’s examine a few of them!
Fitness First: Okay, this one is a bit of a cop-out (and a total plug), but it’s also a fantastic way for you to discover your ideal bodyweight: focus on your fitness-level. Set your sights on achieving a RivalRating that you can be proud of (something above 100, perhaps). Once you’re able to consistently achieve that RivalRating, note your bodyweight. This is the bodyweight that allows you to move, live, and feel the way you want. This is your ideal bodyweight. After all, achieving your ideal bodyweight is only as desirable as it is empowering – and what is more empowering than feeling fit and capable?
Body Composition: If you’re looking for a more detailed definition of your ideal bodyweight, consider focusing on your body composition. Understanding your body composition will take more time and diligence than merely stepping on a scale every day, but it will provide you with a much more definitive goal to pursue. Calculating your body composition incorporates your weight, height, body circumference measurements, and skin-fold measurements. With this data, you can easily calculate your body-fat and lean muscle-mass percentages for each area of your body, or average them together for your overall body-fat and lean muscle-mass percentages. Bodybuilders, actors/actresses, and models commonly utilize this approach for achieving their ideal bodyweight – or rather ideal body image.
BMI: Calculating your body-mass index (BMI) is another effective way to define your ideal bodyweight. However, it is also the vaguest means of doing so. You can calculate your BMI by dividing your weight (kg) by your height (m). Your resulting score will give you an indication of how your BMI compares to those qualified as either Under Weight, Normal Weight, Over Weight, Obesity, or Extreme Obesity by the National Institutes of Health. While this score does not incorporate how much of your weight is fat versus lean muscle-mass, it may provide you with a good indication of what your bodyweight should be for your height.
Whatever your means of defining your ideal bodyweight, please remember that your bodyweight will fluctuate over time naturally. Don’t use this as an excuse to allow yourself to lose control of your bodyweight, but do embrace the concept of pursuing your “ideal bodyweight” as an evolving goal. Lastly, achieving your ideal bodyweight should leave you feeling proud, happy, and healthy. If you can feel proud, happy, and healthy with your bodyweight, then you’re on the right track!