A Different Set of Numbers to Know

November 18th, 2010 by Amy Gonsalves Leave a reply »

I read an article this morning about wellness versus well-being and what each might mean to everyone.  I thought it was pretty interesting and will take a few days thinking about how to re-orient my mind with the new ideas.

One person said that an important part of wellness (whatever that means to her) is knowing your “core numbers.”  I thought probably we diabetics would have a different list. 

Her list includes knowing your:

  • Blood pressure
  • Pulse
  • Height/weight
  • Cholesterol (HDL and LDL)
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Number of hours of sleep
  • Daily caloric intake
  • Target Heart Rate
  • Bone Density

So what would you include on a list of your “core numbers”?  I’m sure most of us would include Hg A1c and maybe average total daily insulin and most recent blood sugar. 

I’d also want to know minutes spent per week exercising at moderate to vigorous intensity. 

In the military, you’d want to know your PT score! 

For the Army, the timed push up test, the timed sit-up test and the 2 mile run are three separate scores that are added together for a final score.  Basic training soldiers are required to score 180 or more to fulfill the physical requirements.

Check it out!  They have charts with minimum and maximum requirements for each age and gender!

I’m a 33 year old female, so I’d need to perform: 45 pushups, 76 sit ups, and run 2 miles in 15:54 in order to score the highest possible 300 points.  Yowza; I’ve got some work to do!

Then again, I could do 15 pushups, 42 sit ups, and run the 2 miles in 21:42 and pass.  I *know* I can do that right now; I wouldn’t even need to adjust my basals.  Sweet!

Now I’m thinking now about giving myself a military PT test later just to see how I score.  Anyone care to join me?

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