Sunday, November 15, 2009

The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Good Health

Fruits & Vegetables
The gold standard: Up to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day
Good Enough: 5 a day

The gold standard: 30 minutes of cardio 5 or more days a week
Good Enough: 17 minutes a day

The gold standard: Apply SPF 30 or higher several times a day
Good Enough: Use SPF 15

Staying Hydrated
The gold standard: Eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily
Good Enough: Drink with meals and when you're thirsty

The gold standard: 8 hours a night
Good Enough: 7 hours

Portion Sizes
The gold standard: Measure everything you eat
Good Enough: Size up grains and fats only

The gold standard: 2 or 3 times a week
Good Enough: Once a week

Hand Washing
The gold standard: Lather for at least 15 to 20 seconds before rinsing
Good Enough: Wash for 10 seconds, then rinse

Healthy Weight
The gold standard: BMI between 19 and 25
Good Enough: Aim to lose 5 to 7% of your current body weight

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