This is probably quite a basic thing but as a 39year old man, out of shape but not obese, who has never taken any body measurements at all, I've got some [probably very basic] questions.
1) When I measure my waist I'm not sure where to put the tape measure? If take the measurement horizontally as possible from my navel the tape goes over my external oblique muscles which are fairly prominent on me and have a decent layer of fat on them. Just under the external obliques I'm a bit narrower. I'm guessing it would be cheating to measure around the narrowest area?
2) Also with the waist measurement, do you take the measurement in a totally relaxed pose, or fully tensing the abs or somewhere in between? There's quite few cm's difference for me if I tense up.
3) Also on a very similar vein to Q2, I can get quite a bit of variation if I lightly place the tape around my waist or pull it tight so that it's squeezing into my body. I'm just checking that just lightly placing the tape is the way to do it?
4) On to hips. Is the tape meant to be placed so it goes around the top of the hip bones or lower down around the the top of the thigh bones/ball and socket joints? As a man, my hip bones seem a lot narrower than where the top of my legs attach to my hips. And if I take the lower measurement, I get a lot of 'butt' under the tape. Is this the idea?
Thanks for reading guys.