A good guide to see if you are a healthy shape is a waist to hip measurement ratio. Here’s how to do it: Standing relaxed and naked.Stay away from a mirror at this point, it may help with the relaxed bit. Measure your waist at its narrowest point. This is usually between your navel and chest or your Victorian waist if you like. Next, measure your hips at their widest point. Most often this is around the buttocks.
It’s important not to pull the tape tight when doing either of these measurements – let the tape rest on your skin.
Finally, divide your waist measurement by your hip measurement.The figure you get from this calculation is your waist-hip ratio. For example, if your waist is 85cm (33in) and your hips are 100cm (39in), your waist-hip ratio is 0.85.If you’re a man and your ratio is more than 1.0, or a woman and your waist-hip ratio is more than 0.8, it means you’re an apple shape, heading for overweight status and at greater risk of health problems.
But remember, it’s not just about weight. A fat person can be fit and functionally strong (I know, I have a few of them in my squash league!) and have a much lower risk of heart disease than someone thin who does no exercise. Have a look at some of the succcess stories we have done personal training with, particularly in the Windsor and Maidenhead area-they did not all end up skinny but they all got fitter, changed shape and ended up feeling a lot better about themselves!