Archive for March 25, 2011

GTL- Life Lessons from the Jersey Shore Cast. Honestly!

9 million people watched the Season 3 Finale of Jersey Shore. Although I wasn’t one of them, I do think there are life lessons everyone can learn from the cast. Honestly!

Gym: need I say more? Make it a priority to head to the gym 3 days a week. Don’t have time for the gym? Buy a few 3-12 pound dumbbells and turn your living room into a gym. Dont have money for dumbbells? Grab a couple cans of non-perishables and use those. Or you can try this Body Weight Circuit in your back yard.

Tan: moderate sun exposure helps produce Vitamin D which promotes bone health. Studies also suggest that sunlight hitting the skin and eyes, shakes wintertime blues. It is important that we reiterate, moderate sun exposure is beneficial whereas over exposure can be very detrimental and put one at risk of Skin Cancer. 15-20 minutes of occasional sun exposure without the use of sunblocks has been proven to be beneficial.

Laundry: many major germs and bacteria live on dirty gym clothes. Wash gym clothes soon after working out. Don’t forget to toss the gym bag in the washer as well as many germs live and grow there.

So there you have it. The HealthyFitFamilies crew finds life lessons on The Jersey Shore.

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What is BMI?

First, let me be clear. Many fitness professionals debate the validity of the BMI. Some say it’s too simplistic and inaccurate. However others say it is a very reliable indicator of fatness used by doctors to determine how healthy one is. When in doubt, trust your eyes and look at yourself.

BMI is basically a mathematical formula that scales a person’s height relative to their weight. It gives you a range in order to determine weight status or weight categories.


The categories are:

  • Below 18.5 (underweight)
  • 18.5-24.9 (normal)
  • 25.0-29.9 (overweight)  
  • 30.0 and above (obese)

 A person in the underweight range might be at risk of having decreased immunity, malnutrition, or bone loss. A person in the overweight and obese range might be at risk of Heart Disease, Stroke, Diabetes, and Cancer.

 The biggest discrepancies with BMI is that it can sometimes overestimate body fat in large frame muscular people and underestimate body fat in small frame non muscular people. However it is generally a reliable indicator of body fat. BMI is only one tool in determining fitness levels and should be used in conjunction with a health screening.

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