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12 Ways of Fitness

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Research shows that individuals who follow most of these basic health practices will live more than 10 years longer, on average, than those who don’t. So for those who are contemplating what 2010 New Year resolutions to set, improving any of the following health indicators would be a good place to start. Staying with the theme of the season I present the 12 ways of fitness:

  1. Body Weight. Maintain a healthy, lean bodyweight. Ideal is a body mass index (BMI) of less than 25.
  2. Physical activity. Strive for 4-7 days per week of moderately vigorous exercise lasting 30+ minutes.
  3. Smoking status. Smoking kills over 400,000 people annually. Do not smoke.
  4. Consume less red meat and fried foods. Saturated fats are linked to coronary artery disease.
  5. Whole grains. Consume 3+ servings daily.
  6. Fruits and vegetables. Consume 5+ serings daily.
  7. Nuts and seeds. Consume 5+ servings weekly for a good source of healthy fat.
  8. Limit alcohol. Do not drink or at least drink in moderation.
  9. Sleep. Get adequate sleep, for most people that means 7 to 8 hours each night.
  10. Social support and a general state of happiness. People married or who have a significant other, make frequent contact with family/friends, and regularly participate in a faith group or a social club live longer.
  11. Blood pressure. Blood pressure should be less than 120/80.
  12. Blood cholesterol. Total cholesterol should be less than 200 and LDL  less than 130.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy, Healthy New Year!