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Become healthier together

Make a healthy lifestyle a joint activity by recruiting your significant other to be your health and fitness partner

1. Check your BMI and waist measurement

You can’t tell if you’re overweight by the way you look. To calculate body mass index (BMI), divide weight in kilogrammes by height in metres squared. A healthy BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9. A BMI of 25 and over is overweight, 30 and over obese, 40 or more severely obese.

 

Experts from Oxford University say being severely obese is as dangerous to health as a lifetime of smoking. Extra weight around the middle means extra fat around vital organs and an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes. The risk of disease starts to rise with a waist measurement over 94cm for men and 84cm for women — the higher the measurement, the greater the risk.

 

What can you do?

Make weight loss a joint effort. Just losing between 5-10% of your total weight can cut the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, improve cholesterol levels, blood pressure and sleep and reduce joint pain.

 

 

2. Increase your exercise

Only a minority of people do the half hour most days of the week that’s needed to benefit health.

 

What can you do?

Find an activity you both enjoy. Walk after supper, take up dancing or cycling.   Swedish researchers found the health benefits of moderate exercise were l as important as giving up smoking.

 

 

3. Does either of you smoke?

Everyone knows it’s a killer and quitting is the only real option. It’s easier to do it together or with the support of a partner.

 

What can you do?

Check out   the free help available — groups, written rnotivators, texts, emails and helplines. You’ll both notice the difference immediately. Twenty minutes after the last cigarette, your blood pressure and pulse rate return to normal; after eight hours, the risk of a heart attack starts to fall. Within 24 hours you’ll sleep better, and after 72, breathing improves. Within nine months, lung function can improve up to 10%, and after a year the excess risk of coronary heart disease is halved and the risk of lung cancer falls.

 

Read more:

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