Heart Healthy

The following Tweet from Brion Salazar sounded very familiar:

Sal's TweetIt goes the same way for me. The nurse guides me to the scale and starts it at 150lbs, and they’re surprised when I quietly nudge it up to the correct range. Then they strap the cuff on me and are very pleased to find I’m down around 116/75/70. I have further proof my pump’s in good shape after a stress test and some pictures of my heart all came back aces.

Point is, big guys aren’t always unhealthy guys, which is why BMI needs to go away. Doctors must feel like idiots when they have to flag a patient as obese because his BMI is 31.6 but he’s a 5’10” bodybuilder weighing 220lbs and his body fat is well south of 10%.

People—medical pros included—are used to equating big with unhealthy. They don’t know I spend a good eight hours a week in the dojo. They don’t know Sal is a boxer. The bodybuilder in my theoretical example would spend a lot of time on a bike or treadmill to keep his body fat down to show off that muscle.

Some of us are just naturally bigger and could never make it into the appropriate BMI range for our height. That’s not to say we don’t have excess weight we can dump, just that we’re not on the verge of having a grabber like our insurance companies assume given our numbers on paper.

The key is movement.

Get up off the couch, out of the office chair, and move around. Martial arts, boxing, and bodybuilding not your thing? Find something. My brother-in-law plays soccer. Three of my co-workers are avid runners and another is a kayaker. My wife runs and practices tai chi. There’s something for everyone.

Get healthy. Get your activity levels up.

Then worry about weight loss.

Diets are bullshit without activity.

End of rant.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

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