Top 10 Steps to Lower Risk of Heart Disease

Body Fat Percentage

This is the percentage of your body that is fatty tissue. The body needs fat cells to store energy, but researchers at the National Institutes of Health report that people with high percentages of body fat have an increased risk of diabetes, elevated blood cholesterol, heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure. Generally, women should fall in the 18 to 25 percent range.

There are several ways of measuring body fat, such as using skin fold calipers to find the amount of fat on the triceps or thighs. But reports from several government agencies say that it's not always the amount of fat that matters, but where the fat is.

 

Tools For WF Members Only

Heart Rate Calculator

Your training heart rate zone is a critical element in exercise. Taking your pulse and figuring your heart rate during a workout is one of the primary indicators in ascertaining the intensity level at which you and your heart is working.

Metabolic Index

WF in its pursuit to help its members monitor their progress while on the fitness program bring you the most advanced fitness tool, The Metabolic Index, a true indicator of healthy fatloss predicting that when you're losing weight you're close to maintaining or even increasing lean body mass.

Fat Calculator

Fats provide energy and are used for growth and repair of tissues. They are found in olives, nuts, cheese, meat, fish, poultry, butter, oils, avocado, and mayonnaise. Saturated fats are less healthy than polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats.

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