Results have come back from our mandatory annual physicals. My bad cholesterol dropped a little and good went up a bit, I lost 6 or 7 cm off my waistline and dropped several kilos from my weight. Blood pressure is better than last year’s great reading, blood sugar is normal, as are the rest of my numbers, which earned me an 80 point score with normal being somewhere in the 70s; however, it is strongly recommended that I consult with a physician and adjust my lifestyle. Why, you ask?
Most of the foreigners in Japan encounter the same comment on their forms because of a heavy dependence on BMI and a prevailing opinion that people should be very thin. At 179 cm tall and 73 kg (74 plus in August at the health check), I’m not really feeling obese. That’s about 5’10” and 160 pounds for you Americans. Naturally I would like to shed a couple kilos of fat and pick up a few in muscle mass, but my BMI wouldn’t change if I did.
Anyhow, once I get through this rehab on my neck, I hope to be on my bike for some longer rides, so I’m feeling pretty good. Meanwhile, I may start running (for something other than catching the train) as a way to get some exercise without bending my neck.