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Many people are aware of the importance of a healthy BMI, good HDL/LDL levels, and blood pressure monitoring, but often overlook other lifestyle numbers that can impact their health. Here are five health numbers that matter:

1. Seven to Nine:  The number of hours of sleep required by the average adult, according to the National Sleep Foundation.  Sleep deprivation increases your risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, headaches, depression, memory problems, and automobile accidents, while excessive sleep has been associated with early death; although more studies need to be done in this area to determine causation.
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2. One:  The number of ounces of sunscreen you should be applying over exposed areas of your body daily, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Choose one with zinc or titanium to block out both UVA & UVB rays.
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3. Less than 0.8:  The waist-to-hip (WTH) ratio considered healthy for women.  In conjunction with BMI and waist circumference, the waist-to-hip ratio can indicate potential health risks associated with obesity, according to the Centers for Disease Control.  WTH ratio is unique among these types of body measurements because it takes into account the location of fat stores, particularly visceral fat (fat around the organs), which is associated with increased risk of serious diseases.
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4. 150:  The minutes of moderate exercise the average adult should get each week, according to the Mayo Clinic.  Regular moderate exercise is essential to living a long, healthy life.  Benefits include weight control, decreased risk of illness and disease, improved mood,  and more energy!
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5. 2.7:  The number of liters of water women should consume (from all beverages and foods) per day, according to the Institute of Medicine (IOM).  The IOM recommends that adults let thirst guide their fluid/water intake.  But that’s no license to put down your water bottle.  Water is essential to health – energizing cells and keeping all systems functioning properly.  And since it’s calorie free, inexpensive, healthiest, and most readily available, there’s no reason not to drink up!
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“Take care of your body.  It’s the only place you have to live.”  Jim Rohn