Measuring Your Health

Measuring Your Health

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  • You now know how to get in shape, but how will you know if you are in shape? The debate on how to measure fitness is as old as working out, but there are a couple measurements that are regarded as a universal sign of good health. This article will walk you through them, and also give tips on how to improve each of your measurements. 
  • The first way to know if you are in shape is your weight. Now, the first thing to understand about weight is that less is not always better. Seeking only to lower your weight can lead to health problems associated with low muscle mass and malnutrition. Rather, seek to be a healthy weight that is natural and appropriate for your height, age, and gender. What is an appropriate weight for one person is not an appropriate weight for another person. 
  • Another way to measure your health is by your resting heart rate and blood pressure. Your resting heart rate is how fast your heart beats when you are at rest. The faster your resting heart rate is, the stronger your heart. Blood pressure refers to the amount of pressure on your arteries during a cardiac cycle. The optimal range of blood pressure is below 120/80. Having high blood pressure can raise your risk of heart disease, stroke, and heart attack. Lowering your blood pressure and raising your resting heart rate can be accomplished at the same time by eating healthy, and doing cardio-endurance exercises. 
  • The last way to measure your health is through Body Mass Index, or BMI. This test looks at the correlation of body weight to height, taking into account that people of different heights should be different weights. The way to calculate your BMI:Body Weight/Height squared When reviewing your BMI score, keep in mind "lean weight," which is muscle that is healthy to have, but which may put you in the overweight or obese range. The ranges are as follows : Healthy weight: <25Overweight: 25-30Obese: >30
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