We all know that America is struggling with health issues…. but did you realize how few people adhere to 5 key health behaviors that can reduce the risk of chronic disease?
Take a look at this shocking article I recently came across:
6%? Looking over the list, they all sound like pretty basic and realistic habits to make a part of life….but they’re not for many people.
Here are the 5 behaviors. Test yourself to find out if you are in the 6%!
- Not smoking
- Exercising regularly (minimum 150 min/week of moderate intensity aerobic exercise or 75 min/week of vigorous intensity physical activity, or a combination)
- Avoiding alcohol consumption or only drinking in moderation (up to 2 drinks/day for men and up to 1 drink/day for women; no binge drinking)
- Maintaining a healthy body weight (BMI of 18.5-24.9)
- Getting a sufficient amount of sleep (regularly getting 7 or more hours per night)
I hope you do all of these things– if not, ask yourself what you need to change to achieve a healthier lifestyle. Find a support group to help you quit smoking. Think about what type of movement you enjoy and schedule it into your day. Be honest with yourself about how much alcohol you consume and make a conscious decision to decrease it or avoid it if necessary. Meet with a dietitian if you need help losing weight. Go to bed earlier– even if this means replacing tv or computer time with much-needed rest.
Any positive change you can make that moves you in a healthier direction is a beneficial change, no matter how small. Know that you are worth taking care of.