Most of us may know how to live healthily, but very few of us actually do so. One study of 153,000 American adults discovered that just 3 per cent were following the four ‘healthy lifestyle characteristics’ (HLCs) that supposedly determine healthy living. They are: nonsmoking, healthy weight as defined by a body/mass index of between 18.5 and 25, eating five or more vegetables and fruits a day, and exercise of at least 30 minutes five days a week.
Of those questioned, 76 per cent were non-smokers, 40 per cent had a healthy weight, 23 per cent ate five fruits and vegetables a day, and 22 per cent took regular exercise, but just 3 per cent carried out all four.
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