A study performed in 2005 by an epidemiologist at Michigan State University found that most Americans do not do everything they can to lead a healthy lifestyle. The study that was published in journal Archives of Internal Medicine, looked at four basic characteristics that are part of a healthy lifestyle:
- Being a non-smoker.
- Exercising 30 minutes or more five days per week.
- Eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables every day.
- Maintaining a healthy weight with a BMI under 25.
Here is the individual breakdown for the four healthy lifestyle characteristics:
- 75 percent didn't smoke.
- 23 percent ate at least five servings of fruits and vegetables every day.
- 22 percent exercised regularly.
- 40 percent maintained a healthy weight.
The good news is that all of these lifestyle changes are reversible and not at a great cost. Remember that changing your unhealthy lifestyle to a healthy one will lower your risk for cardiovascular disorders, diabetes, cancer, and other diseases.