Healthy Living: Know your numbers

As we prepare for retirement, we need to reflect on our current lifestyle behaviours.

A change to how we live our life can reduce our chances of developing:

  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Heart Disease
  • Lung Disease
  • Other forms of ill-health.

Tips on Lifestyle Behaviours

  • Sit less and move more: Be conscious of the length of time you spend sitting. Get up and stand and stretch.
  • Design a physical activity pattern that suits your condition and work on taking 30 minutes exercise at least 5 times a week. Take a look at this website:
  • Don’t smoke and if you do then try and quit smoking which is the best thing you can do to improve your health.
  • To find out more about good healthy eating habits take a look at this Food Pyramid:

In summary, we suggest that you know your numbers for Healthy Living.

A quick look at the following will set you on the path to a healthier lifestyle.

  • Blood Pressure: Normal 120/80 and 140/80 for those over 65
  • Cholesterol: 5.0 or less
  • Sugar levels: 5.6 or less (fasting)
  • Body-mass Index: 18.5 to 24.9
  • Waist Measurement: No more than 80 cm (woman) 94 cm (man)
  • Fruit & vegetables: Eat 5 to 7 different portions with colour variety daily
  • Alcohol per week – Standard drinks – 11 (woman) 17 (man)
  • Physical Activity: At least 30 minutes per day –5 times a week

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