The Numbers That Really Matter

By Hand On The Hip - 7/26/2018

Our lives are filled with numbers. As we get older, our age becomes a bigger number, often taking the number on the scales with it. Our address starts with a number. We hear people talk about how many partners they’ve had, how many calories they’ve eaten and how much sleep they are getting. We’re told how many glasses of water we need to drink, and how many steps we need to take every day. Some people obsess over how many Twitter followers they’ve got and how many likes their latest photo has got on Instagram. Some of these numbers matter to our lives, and it’s quality. Others are just numbers.

Your age, for example, is really just a number. Whether you are 25 or 75, you can feel young as long as you are healthy and fit. The number itself means relatively little in the grand scheme of things. Your bra size doesn’t matter half as much as you thought it did when you were a teenager either. But, other numbers, they matter.

Your Waist Measurement

Your weight is just a number. It’s also relative to your height and fitness. It’s a number that can upset you and take over your life if you let it, but it’s not a number that necessarily relates to how healthy you are, or your body shape.

Your BMI isn’t thought to be as important as it once was either. Your body mass index takes
into account your height and weight. But, that’s all. Someone with a large muscle mass, who eats well and takes care of themselves, is bound to have a higher BMI. It doesn’t mean that they are unhealthy.

Your waist measurement, however, matters. If your waist measures more than half of your height, you are at a higher risk of heart attack, stroke, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.

Your Credit Score

Your credit score is one of those numbers that matters much more than you think it does. Most of us haven’t got a clue what affects credit score, or how our scores can affect our lives. But, it does. A low credit score can mean that you can’t get approved for large loans like a mortgage, but it can even mean that you can’t get much smaller things like new cell phone contracts either. It can affect all areas of your life.

Many people find that even a good score limits them. Check your credit score, understand it and find ways to improve it. Make it your aim to get into the excellent range.

Your Step Count

Counting our steps is a relatively new thing. But, it’s one that matters. 10000 steps a day can mean that you burn more calories, you exercise your muscles and you build your stamina. You don’t necessarily need to track your steps, but you should make it your aim to move more and to increase your activity levels.

Your Bank Balance

Money doesn’t buy happiness, and the amount of money in your bank account doesn’t matter to anyone else. But, it matters to you, and to your financial independence. Aim to have enough to pay your bills, to feed your family and to support your lifestyle, whatever that may be.

P.S. This is a collaborative post and hasn't been written by Hand On The Hip.

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