Best Ways to Measure Overall Health

Best Ways to Measure Overall Health

Trying to get a grasp on how healthy you are is hard. It’s easy to measure your health just by stepping on a scale, but that shouldn’t be your only indicator of how healthy you are.

There are plenty of ways to be healthy without dropping lots of weight, just as dropping too much weight can make you unhealthy. We have to take a broad approach to our health, as it isn’t defined by just one set of numbers.

 

Blood Pressure and Resting Heart Rate

Keeping your heart healthy is important for everyone, but it is the number one killer of women in the United States.

According to the Mayo Clinic a healthy adult resting heart rate should be anywhere from 60-100 beats per minute. A healthy blood pressure in adults needs to be around 120/80 (less than 120 systolic and less than 80 diastolic). Having a healthy diet and regular exercise can help with both of these health factors. 

Biological Age

This is not your actual age. Biological age is a clinical way to diagnose symptoms and determine how your body is performing.

For instance, you’re 58 and have a biological age of 35 due to healthy habits like diet, and exercise. Or you’re 35 and have a biological age of 58 due to stress, and only going to the dentist every few years. To calculate your biological age you can do so here. 

Happiness/Stress Levels

Enjoying life is important to living a healthy one. If you don’t enjoy what you do, it will have a negative impact. If you’re constantly stressed, negative impact. If you don’t have a solid support system, negative impact. Stress leads to overeating, undereating, headaches, ulcers, or any number of scary health issues. 

So stop worrying so much about numbers on a scale. Weight is an important metric in health management, but only one of many. Keep a healthy heart, stay young at heart, and keep a happy heart. That’s all you have to do.

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