Great health habits help us enjoy a longer, happy live. To promote this, we can consider the habits we have that support our health. We can evaluate our health habits and see how well we’re promoting a long, health life for ourselves. This gives us our health age. To arrive at our health age we first look at our health habits. Which below apply to you?
Health Habits Checklist
1. Air __I do not smoke.
2. Water __I seldom or never have more than 4 alcoholic drinks per sitting.
3. Food __ I eat substantial breakfast every day or almost every day.
4. Exercise __ I take long walks or engage in sports, swimming, gardening or other physical activity at least 3 times per week.
5. Rest __ I regularly have 7 or 8 hours of sleep.
6. Regularity __ I seldom or never eat between meals.
7. Weight __ I weigh less than 20% above my desired weight.
To determine your health age, first look at the Health Habits Checklist printed above and count your total number of health habits. Use the Overweight Table printed below to determine if you are less than 20% overweight.
Height (inches) Overweight Limit Men/Women
64 154 /144
65 160 /149
66 164 /155
67 169 /160
68 174 /165
69 180 /169
70 185 /174
From this point you need to look at the Health Age Chart. Find your age at the left and read across to the right until you are in the column under your number of habits. If this is a negative number congratulations! Your good health habits are helping your health! Subtract this number from your actual age to get your health age. You’re younger than you thought! If you find a positive number you have to add it to your age to determine your health age. If you’re here you need to start some health habits!
Age 0-2Habit 3Habits 4Habits 5Habits 6Habits 7Habits
20-24 +14.3 +7.4 +0.5 -1.1 -4.2 -9.4
25-29 +15.6 +8.3 +1.8 -0.9 -4.5 -10.2
30-34 +16.9 +9.1 +3.0 -0.6 -4.7 -11.1
35-39 +18.2 +9.9 +4.2 -0.4 -5.0 -12.0
40-44 +19.4 +10.7 +5.4 -0.1 -5.2 -12.9
45-49 +20.7 +11.6 +6.7 +0.1 -5.5 -13.8
50-54 +22.0 +12.4 +7.9 +0.3 -5.7 -14.7
55-59 +23.3 +13.2 +9.1 +0.6 -6.0 -15.5
60-64 +24.5 +14.0 +10.4 +0.9 -6.2 -16.4
65-69 +25.8 +14.8 +11.6 +1.1 -6.5 -17.3
70-74 +27.1 +15.6 +12.8 +1.3 -6.8 -18.2
For example, if you are in the 35-39 age group and have only 0-2 health habits, your health habits age is actually 55.2 years. On the other hand, if you have 7 habits, your health age is 25. That is a 30 year difference for a 37 year old.*
*For information on health age research, ask us or contact Dr. Jack Zwemer at the School of Dentistry, Medical College of Georgia Augusta, Georgia 30901.
What health habits can you start in order to have a longer, healthier, happier life?
If you’re more than 20% over your optimum weight dealing with this can be a big help. You may need to work on weight control by increasing exercise or physical activity in addition to developing good eating habits. Healthy snacking, regular good physical exercise and controlling a healthy weight can really help your health age, for example.
Orthodontic Health Habits
Your health habits directly reflect on your dental and orthodontic health. Fewer snack and ewer carbohydrates reduce plaque growth in the mouth. Smoking endangers oral health by promoting serious mouth cancers and undermines health age as well.
Changes in your health habits now will impact you for the rest of your life. We want you to have that “Great Smile” you are working toward. Our team here at Raleigh Orthodontics will support you toward reaching your ultimate goal.
Exercise can be fun with a workout buddy so a gym might be your answer. They have a number of work-out machines that will give you a choice on exercise routines. If joining a gym is not in your budget, there are other ways to increase your physical activity to help control your weight.
Consider side walks or walking tracks. Even in small towns, you can find a walking path or a place to walk. If walking or exercising is not your cup of tea, try playing sports. They have adult ball teams, tennis, and usually a small walking track or a list of areas that can be used by females that are secure.
Getting sufficient sleep and rest is a great health habits. Restorative sleep helps us do our best work, enjoy it more, and enjoy the people around us in a positive mood. Excellent rest helps us manage lifestyle stresses. Having many health habits and reduced stress will lead us to bright smiles as we enjoy our orthodontic health.
In our next blog we’ll deal with lifestyle stresses and how they build-up.
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