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Thread: Are You as Healthy as You Think You Are?

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    If you want to know how healthy your bank account is, you check your balance. But what about the health of your body? Not as easy to gauge. But it turns out, there are several measurements that forecast your likelihood of living a long, energetic and disease-free life. Use this checklist to get a read on how healthy you really are now, and what changes you may want to make to look and feel tip-top for years to come!

    How much do you exercise per week?
    Ideal: 2.5 hours
    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, So get moving.

    What's your body-mass index?
    Ideal: under 23
    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
    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
    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.

    How many alcoholic drinks do you have a day?
    Ideal: 1
    Having about 1 drink a day (a 5-ounce glass of wine, a 12-ounce beer or 1.5 ounces of liquor) can lower your heart disease risk by reducing plaque buildup in arteries. But drinking more than that is linked to breast cancer, so make your motto "one and done!"

    How many hours of sleep do you get a night?
    Ideal: 7
    Getting less than seven hours of sleep disrupts your hunger-regulating hormones, which may cause you to pack on pounds and suffer related health consequences such as heart disease and diabetes. An even more compelling stat: Sleeping fewer than six hours a night makes you 12 percent more likely to die earlier than if you'd slept six to eight. Turn off the light!

    Source: SELF

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    Thanks for sharing !!

    For those who are free,there is much to be grateful for May your home and your heart shine with the warm light of FREEDOM

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    Thanks for reading Sikandar =)

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