For far too long, BMI (Body-Mass Index) has been touted as a one of the best health indicators.

I strongly disagree.

You might be overweight according to the BMI chart, but how do you feel personally? Is your diet healthy? Are you doing high intensity exercise 3-5 times a week? How fast do you get out of breath? Are you sleeping well? Frankly, your blood report is a better indicator of your overall health than your BMI.

Below are some of the indicators I prefer to look at to keep my overall health in check. If I pass through these with flying colors, I know I am doing well.

How fast do you get out of breath?

Does climbing a flight of stairs get you out of breath? Or, does it take running at moderate speed for 10 minutes to get you out of breath?

Your blood test report

Blood test report is a great indicator of health. Make sure you get one done annually. I usually get mine done a week before my annual physical. This way, the results are ready to be discussed with my doctor during the physical.

Your birthday suit

Every once in a while, look at your naked self in the mirror. Do you see any changes on your skin? Do you notice fat where you didn’t before? Our skin is a great indicator of our health. What about your face? Do you see wrinkles or excessive dry skin?

Monitoring changes in your body is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Your body communicates your health to you. Learn how to listen to it.

Your refrigerator or your pantry

Are the things in your refrigerator and/or your pantry mostly frozen and processed? If so, that could be a problem. You might not feel it now, but it could lead to a problem sooner or later.

It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when.

I hope this helps.

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February 12, 2018