They picked the top 5 health killers and examined how many people do all five...not many.
- No smoking
- Moderate to no drinking
- Normal BMI
- Getting enough sleep
All told, just 6% of the respondents did all five. 31% complied with 4 of the 5 aspects of a healthy life.
The way I see it, we should all be doing all of these things, and if we are overweight, we should be actively trying to get our BMI into a normal range. I would be upset if I thought that only 1/3 of the people reading this could check off only 4 items on the list.
These items are the low-hanging fruit! Things that we control. There is so much that we can't control, like pollution, genetics, and age. Let's get a handle on the things we can control, so we don't need to worry about the things we can't.
I'd like to add five more:
- Eating plenty of fiber and real, whole foods
- Avoiding processed foods and foods fried in vegetable oils
- Getting your hands dirty
- Getting out in the sun as much as possible
- Removing stressful situations from your life
Let's hear it in the comments. What's your score? I'm 10/10! Did I miss any?