Finally Getting to Ride My Bike to Work Again

I lifted weights yesterday so today is my cardio day. I had originally planned to go to the gym and do 45 minutes on the stationary bike, but when I let the dogs out to go pee at about 5am, I realized that the weather was pretty good. It was about 50 degrees, so I said screw the gym.

I packed my backpack with clothes so that I could take a shower and change when I got to work and I also stuffed in my laptop and my lunch. It ended up being pretty heavy. So heavy that it was really starting to hurt my back, so I stopped twice on my ride for a couple of minutes each time to give my lower back a break. Before the spring season I’m going to buy one of those bike racks that go above the rear wheel and some saddle bags to sit on it so that I have don’t have to deal with that again.

It took me way longer than usual. Before winter I was getting to work (about 12.5 miles) in about 30-40 minutes at around 18-22 mph average. Today it took me about an hour and I was averaging around 12-14 mph.

Anyway, it was a great ride. Such a nice, warm morning and the South Platte River trail was beautiful. 😀

Most of the World is Fat – See the BMI World Map

Did you read my post a couple days ago about what body mass index is and how to calculate your own BMI? Basically, your BMI number can tell you if you’re underweight, normal, overweight or obese.

I came across this interesting visualization of BMI by country and wanted to share it. I’m not surprised to see that the U.S. is in the overweight category, but It’s interesting to see that most of the world is also generally overweight. A large portion of Asia and Africa are considered normal and Egypt and Kuwait are generally obese.

If you want to see more detailed information check out the interactive map.

What is Your BMI and How to Calculate It

A persons body mass index, usually referred to as BMI, is a measurement of their weight in relation to their height. This number can be calculated by taking your weight in pounds multiplied by 703 divided by height (squared) in inches.

Weight (lbs) * 703 / height ² (inches)

I’m 170lbs and 5’11” tall, which is 71 inches. Here’s how I would calculate my BMI.

170 * 703 = 119,510
71 * 71 = 5041
119,510 / 5041 = 23.7 BMI

Make sense?

If not, just use this calculator 😉

Here’s what your BMI number means:

  • Less than 16 – severely underweight
  • 16-20 – Underweight
  • 20-25 – Normal
  • 25-30 – Overweight
  • 30 or more – Obese

*image courtesy of http://www.flickr.com/photos/erix/169393296/