- Posted September 25, 2013 by
Are You as Healthy as You Think You Are?
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How much do you exercise per week?
Ideal: 2.5 hours
Why: This is the minimum number of hours of exercise you should get per week in order to be heart healthy. In fact, work out for two-plus hours a week and you're up to 30 percent less likely to die in the next 20 years than if you sweat less. Being active not only keeps your weight in check, it helps maintain your blood pressure and lowers your risk for disease.
What's your body-mass index?
Ideal: under 23
Why: A body-mass index (a measure of body fat) under 23 makes you 2 1/2 times more likely to stay healthy and disease-free as you get older than if you're overweight and sedentary.
How much calcium do you consume each day?
Ideal: 1,000 milligrams
Why: Falling short of the 1,000 mg daily goal can contribute to osteoporosis and high blood pressure. Get your fill from dairy, green veggies and supplements, and avoid smoking and excessive drinking—they can interfere with absorption of the nutrient.
What is your waist circumference?
Ideal: less than 37.7 inches
Why: A waist circumference of less than 37.7 inches cuts your mortality risk by 23 percent. Belly fat is associated with arterial inflammation and hardening, insulin resistance and hypertension—all heart stressors. Say no to trans fats, which can boost belly bulge.
Source; Yahoo - Health- Articles