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Indicators Of Physical Health

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Indicators of Physical Health Indicators of good physical health This means setting yourself targets and monitor your process against. The kind of targets that people set themselves or have set by professionals are: * To lose weight * To get physically fit * To cut down on alcohol * To give up smoking * To eat a more balanced diet Using measures of progress can strongly motivate people, particularly if they show how well a person is doing. The hardest part of making everyday changes in our lifestyle is sticking to them. Height and Weight charts Height and weight charts are charts that show ideal height to weight ratios. They show whether a person is the correct weight for his or her height. They are found in 3 main forms. One of them is in form of a graph. It is important to be realistic about these charts. ...read more.


Being underweight increases the risk of osteoporosis (fragile bone disease) later in life. * Weakened immune system Your immune system is not at 100% when you're underweight, leaving you more likely to catch a cold, the flu or other infections. * For women Interrupted periods and difficulty becoming pregnant in the future. Women who are underweight can find that their periods stop. This increases the risk of future problems with fertility. Blood Pressure Blood provides all the organs in our body with materials to stay alive and healthy. The circulatory system is a network of blood vessels through which the blood flows and is pumped through your body by your heart. Blood pressure is the pressure blood exerts against the walls of the arteries in which it is contained. Normal blood pressure varies from person to person, but usually normal blood pressure at rest is anything between 140/90. ...read more.


Peak Flow Peak flow indicates if your lungs are healthy. A peak flow meter is used to measure your breathing rate and volume of air taken in by a person during each breath. You have to blow as hard as you can into a tube. This determines whether your lungs are functioning properly. The best score out of three blows is usually used. A peak flow meter diagnoses whether you have a problem with your lungs by comparing your results to a chart of expected results. Readings are generally higher in men than women. If you have obstructive lung diseases such as bronchitis or asthma your readings will be lower. Other conditions that can cause shortness of breath are blood clots in the lungs, lung cancer, heart failure, cystic fibrosis, emphysema and chronic bronchitis. The normal readings for men and women are 48 litres/min (men) and 42 litres (women). Exercise can also alter your score. Exercise makes your lungs more powerful and improves the ability to take in oxygen. If don't exercise enough your score might go down. ...read more.

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