These days we all have an interest in getting a good return on investment (ROI) whether it be tangible such as a home or intangible e.g. stock / financial investment. What about the ROI on making healthy lifestyle changes? By following these tips, you could increase the ROI on your health…
- Smoking increases the risk of cardiovascular disease by two to three times. With smokers, heart attacks occur, on average, 19 years earlier. Life expectancy is shortened by at least 10 years. One year after cigarette cessation, the risk of a heart attack is reduced by 50 percent.
- One out of three Americans fall under the category of obese per BMI guidelines. Every four inches in waist size is associated with a 25 percent greater risk of death. A small amount of weight loss has a big impact: five to ten percent reduction in weight lowers blood pressure, LDL cholesterol, and improves glucose levels.
- Physical inactivity increases the risk of a heart attack or stroke by fifty percent and there is a greater risk in women. Unfortunately, 80 percent of people don’t exercise. Here’s some news you can use: six hours of life expectancy is gained for every hour of moderate activity.
- What we eat does makes a difference. A lifestyle diet of low intake of fruits and vegetables increases the risk of coronary heart disease by 31 percent and the risk of stroke increases by 11 percent. In contrast, each daily serving of fruits and veggies is associated with a four percent reduction in heart disease. Three servings of strawberries or blueberries per week confers a 32 percent reduction in risk of a heart attack.
Now THAT is what I call a good return on your investment!