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What is Your Health Standard?

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Is it average?

I hope not.

Here’s why…

In life, being average may seem like a good idea. I think it’s actually a bad idea. When it comes to your health it is a VERY bad idea. We need to raise our standards when it comes to our health. How many of you have said before “this is the year I am going to get healthier!” Did you do it? Likely not. The standards most have set for yourself over the years as to what is acceptable are far too low. Why do we resort back to them? Because it’s comfortable.

Here is What Average Looks Like:

The facts aren’t pretty about the health of an average American. Here are what the latest health statistics show…

  • 80% of adults do not meet basic standards for aerobic and muscle strengthening physical activity.

  • 1 in 3 adults (roughly 92 million) have at least 1 type of cardiovascular disease.

  • Less than 3% of Americans meet the basic standards for what is considered a “healthy lifestyle”.

  • Roughly 40% of adult Americans are now considered obese.

  • 40% of Americans get less than average recommended sleep per night.

Try Out Some New Standards:

Making a shift in what you hold yourself to for a standard of health can take hard work, but it is absolutely worth it and necessary. Here is a look at a few minimum standards for your health and well-being:

  • A minimum of 150 minutes per week of moderate to vigorous exercise.

  • A body fat percentage under 20% for men, and under 30% for women.

  • DO NOT smoke, and keep alcohol consumption to a moderate to minimum level.

  • Get 8+ hours of sleep per night.

Motivational speaker Jim Rohn once said, “The things easy to do, are also easy not to do.” Essentially what he is saying is the things you should do are just as easy not to do. Because that is the case, we stay stuck in our bad habits. If you want more than average, if you want your health and well-being to be great for years to come, you MUST do the little things that are both easy to do and easy not to do. It’s going to take time to develop better health habits. I want this blog to be an encouragement to you. You can do this. Take things one day at a time so you can build a consistency that will help you create a new health standard. This new standard for your health will help you to…

LIVE well. BE well.