If you’re like many people, the number on the scale is the one you associate with your health. But many other numbers are just as important — if not more.
Here are the numbers to watch:
1,800–2,200 — the number of calories a moderately active woman (who walks 1.5 to 3 miles per day in addition to activities of daily living) needs to eat every day to maintain her healthy weight
2,200–2,800 — the calories most moderately active men (see above) need to eat every day
120/80 or lower — a blood pressure reading that puts you in the “normal” category
35 or less (women) or 39 or less (men) — a healthy waist circumference, measured at belly button while sucking in your stomach
2 — the number of times weekly to build and preserve muscle with strength training, which protects your bones and maintains balance
30 minutes x 3 times a week — the number of minutes of aerobic exercise needed weekly to maintain basic fitness levels. Try walking, jogging, cycling, swimming, Zumba, and so on — as long as you get your heart pumping, it counts!
Submitted by Mary Ruth Prouty - Hendry-Glades Health Department