How To Get Back In Shape
Waist to Height Ratio -
Waist to Tallness Ratio -
Your Waist to Height ratio, also known as Waist to Tallness
ratio is a strong predictor of heart health.
Ideally, you want your waist measurement to be half
of your height or less.
If you are 60" tall
(or 5'), your waist should measure 30" or less to have an ideal WHtR, where your
waist measurement is half of your height.
To Calculate your Waist to Height Ratio,
WHtR: Waist/Height = WHtR
Divide your Waist measurement by your
Height = Waist to Height Ratio, WHtR.
Ideal Waist to Height Ratios:
♦Men should have
a WHtR of 0.55 or
♦ Women should have a WHtR of 0.53 or less
To calculate an example of WHtR:
If your waist measures 35" and you are 5'6''
First convert your height into inches:
Multiply 5 feet x 12 inches = 60", add the 6" = 66".
Then to calculate your WHtR, divide your 35" waist by
your 66" height = 0.53 which is acceptable for men or borderline for women. Ideally, you would
want to decrease your waist to 33" or less, making it half of your 66" height.
To Calculate your Ideal Waistline, divide your Height by 2 and
go from there.
For more information on Waist Measurement Ratios =
See Waist to Hip Ratio.
For Weight Measurements: Weight to Height Ratio = See BMI or Body Mass Index.
To measure body fat, an Accu-Measure Fitness 3000 Personal Body Fat
caliper can be a useful and accurate tool.
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