numbersAccording to some fitness experts, people who make it a habit to avoid their bathroom scale might have the right idea. Well, let’s say a few other health-related numbers may be every bit as important as our weight. Here are a few to track…

Calories – A moderately active woman who walks 1.5 to 3 miles per day, not including her activities related to daily living, needs to consume between 1,800 and 2,200 calories to maintain a healthy weight. For men, this number usually ranges from 2,200 to 2,800.

Blood Pressure – According to the American Heart Association, 120/80 or lower is a reading that will place you in a normal category for blood pressure. These systolic and diastolic numbers are expressed as “millimeters of mercury” and abbreviated as “mmHg.”

Waist Size – For women, your waist should measure 35” or less in circumference when you suck your stomach in and measure at belly button height. A healthy waist size for men should not exceed 39” around.

Exercise –  2 is the number of times each week you should train to build or preserve muscle strength and protect your bones. 3 times a week for 20 minutes should provide enough aerobic exercise to get your heart pumping and maintain basic fitness levels. Walking, jogging, cycling or swimming are all good ways to get active.