TLDR: I'm significantly shorter than an average man. How should I (or Should I) take this into account when choosing my weights?
I'm an absolute beginner who has recently started exercising with dumbbells at home. I don't have any specific goal in my mind. I just figured that I should do some home exercises in order to stay healthy.
But I'm also a very short man, 161cm (5' 3") tall to be specific. This is way shorter than an average man is in my country (179cm or 5.8"). In fact, it's actually even shorter than an average woman is here (166cm or 5.4")! The size difference between myself and an average man is so big that I just find it hard to believe that I should be comparing myself to that standard.
So, what adjustments (if any) should I take, when I read articles about dumbbell weights?
For example, I came across an article which said that a good starting weight for men is around 2.5kg - 5.0kg, then how should I modify this recommendation to make it more applicable to my "rather unique stature"? Does it make sense to me take these numbers with the face value or should I round these numbers down by default?
It has crossed my mind that maybe I should look more into women standards, but I guess the physiological differences (fat percentage, testosterone, etc) are still working for my advantage so this would be a false comparison and I should hold myself up to higher standard.
I guess the absolutely correct answer is that "I shouldn't compare myself to others and I should use the weights I'm personally comfortable with. I'm competing against myself, not against others."
But if I want to check if my body is as strong and healthy as man in his thirties should be, then what adjustments (if any) should I make to the numbers I happened to come across?
Thank you in advance.