For top fitness and health, you want to see your body fat fall between 14 and 17 percent if you’re a man and between 21 and 24 percent if you’re a woman.
If you don’t have access to a skinfold test, a simple measure of your waist can tell you if you need to be working on your fitness levels.
Men, if you’re waistline is more than 37 inches around, you’re likely overweight. More than 40 is definitely a problem.
Women, your fitness target is a waistline that is less than 31.5 inches. If you find that your body fat or waistline measurements are high, then you are at higher risk of a variety of health problems, most notably heart disease, but also Alzheimer’s, arthritis, cancer and more.
Equipped with this valuable information about your own health, you can begin taking action to increase your fitness levels and dramatically cut your risk of disease.