Stomach Exercises

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Abs Equipment

Ideal weight chart

Knowing what your ideal weight should be is very important. Ideal weight charts are based on medical profession's recommended healthy weight at a given height. Such height weight charts are great guides to use in obtaining your flat stomach. What's good about weight for height charts is that they range from the under weight end of the spectrum to the over weight range, allowing you to see where you currently sit and where you need to be; these charts are not for the over weight only.

Below is an ideal weight chart for men and an ideal weight chart for women.

Male Female
Height in feet & inches Ideal weight in pounds Ideal weight in kilos Height in feet & inches Ideal weight in pounds Ideal weight in kilos
4' 6" 63 - 77 29 -35 4' 6" 63 - 77 29 -35
4' 7" 68 - 84 31 - 38 4' 7" 68 - 83 31 - 38
4' 8" 74 - 90 34 - 41 4' 8" 72 - 88 33 - 40
4' 9" 79 - 97 36 - 44 4' 9" 77 - 94 35 - 43
4' 10" 85 - 103 39 - 47 4' 10" 81 - 99 37 - 45
4' 11" 90 - 110 41 - 50 4' 11" 86 - 105 39 - 48
5' 0" 95 - 117 43 - 53 5' 0" 90 - 110 41 - 50
5' 1" 101 - 123 46 - 56 5' 1" 95 - 116 43 - 53
5' 2" 106 - 130 48 - 59 5' 2" 99 - 121 45 - 55
5' 3" 112 - 136 51 - 62 5' 3" 104 - 127 47 - 58
5' 4" 117 - 143 53 - 65 5' 4" 108 - 132 49 - 60
5' 5" 122 - 150 55 - 68 5' 5" 113 - 138 51 - 63
5' 6" 128 - 156 58 - 71 5' 6" 117 - 143 53 - 65
5' 7" 133 - 163 60 - 74 5' 7" 122 - 149 55 - 68
5' 8" 139 - 169 63 - 77 5' 8" 126 - 154 57 - 70
5' 9" 144 - 176 65 - 80 5' 9" 131 - 160 60 - 73
5' 10" 149 - 183 68 - 83 5' 10" 135 - 165 61 - 75
5' 11" 155 - 189 70 - 86 5' 11" 140 - 171 64 - 78
6' 0" 160 - 196 73 - 89 6' 0" 144 - 176 65 - 80
6' 1" 166 - 202 75 - 92 6' 1" 149 - 182 68 - 83
6' 2" 171 - 209 78 - 95 6' 2" 153 - 187 70 - 85
6' 3" 176 - 216 80 - 98 6' 3" 158 - 193 72 - 88
6' 4" 182 - 222 83 - 101 6' 4" 162 - 198 74 - 90
6' 5" 187 - 229 85 - 104 6' 5" 167 - 204 76 - 93
6' 6" 193 - 235 88 - 107 6' 6" 171 - 209 78 - 95
6' 7" 198 - 242 90 - 110 6' 7" 176 - 215 80 - 98
6' 8" 203 - 249 92 - 113 6' 8" 180 - 220 82 - 100
6' 9" 209 - 255 95 - 116 6' 9" 185 - 226 84 - 103
6' 10" 214 - 262 97 - 119 6' 10" 189 - 231 86 - 105
6' 11" 220 - 268 100 - 122 6' 11" 194 - 237 88 - 108
7' 0" 225 - 275 102 -125 7' 0" 198 - 242 90 - 110
 

Calculating body mass index (BMI)

Calculating your body mass index, BMI, is another way to check to see if you're at a healthy weight. Use the table below by entering your height and weight. This is a BMI calculator and will give you a result which is explained further.

Height:
Weight:
 

Now that you have your BMI number use this references below to understand to see if you are underweight, normal or overweight.

If you find you are underweight or overweight you need to make changes in your lifestyle.

BMI indicators should only be used as a guide. BMI does not give you the percentage of body fat, but only the mass unit per surface area.

Athletes and people with high muscle mass and low body fat can show up on the BMI scale as overweight. Also pregnant women will have a high BMI. What a BMI calculator doesn't do is indicate your health or fitness level.

Waist to hip ratio (WHR)

Measuring your waist to hip ratio The waist to hip ratio is a measurement comparison between your waist and your hips. Using a measuring tape you measure the circumference of your waist and the circumference of your hips. For your waist measure the narrowest point and hips you measure the widest point - it is advisable to use a mirror when doing the measurements.

This particular method can determine your overall health risk. Use the calculator below by entering in your waist and hip measurements. Remember these readings are not intended to serve as medical advice but as a guide.

  
Waist:   Inches
Hip:   Inches
   
Result: 
Verdict: 

The verdict presented to you is based on the following:

  • A healthy waist hip ratio for women is 0.8 or lower.
  • A healthy ratio for men is 1.0 or lower.
  • Ratios above 0.8 for women and 1.0 for men are linked to greater risk for health complications and diseases.

Summary

These three very useful measuring tools can help determine your current weight and what you need to work towards to gain your flat stomach. Knowing your ideal weight using the ideal weight height chart, calculating your BMI and using the waist to hip ratio will give you a greater indication of your current weight status and what you need to do to reach the recommended weight for your height. I would recommend using all three tools to accompany your flat stomach exercises.