Are You Better than the Average?

March 26th, 2013

If you rated your health lifestyle, where would you rate with the national average?

Do you think your score card would compare to the national average or with what is necessary for a long, quality state of life?  Consumer Reports (1)  put out an article based on the U.S. Government’s Healthy People 2010 initiative.  We’re going to look at some of these check points so you can see how you rate.  For our readers outside the U.S., you will still benefit from the health goals in these areas and the “how-to’s” of achieving good standards for a long healthy life.

Moderate Exercise

Average– 26 minutes per day for men, 19 per day for women.

Goal– 150 minutes moderate exercise per week or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise for cardiovascular health, good cognitive function, lower body fat, and less age-related muscle loss.

Optimum– For more health benefits, increase to 300 minutes moderate exercise per week or 150 minutes vigorous exercise and strength training 2 days a week.

Body Weight

Average– Body mass index of 28 for men and women, waist circumference of 39.7 for men and 37 for women.

Goal– BMI of under 25 for men and women, waist circumference of 37 for men and 32 for women to lower rate of heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and premature mortality.

How to Calculate– Your weight in pounds divided by your height in inches squared, then multiplied by 703. For ease, a BMI calculator is available at www.ConsumerReportsHealth.org/BMI . For waist, measure circumference at belly button height.

Healthy Diet

Average– Less than 3 servings a day of fruit and vegetables for men and less than 4 for women.

Goal– 2-4 servings per day of fruit and 3-5 servings per day of vegetables (5-9 total) to reduce risk of Immerse Yourself in the Full Healing Contemplation Here »

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