I was browsing the Daily Mail website earlier and came across this life expectancy test which will give you an estimate of how long you might live based on your diet, whether you smoke or not, how much exercise you do and so on. I thought since I’ve generally got what I think of as a pretty healthy diet, based on all the paleo stuff I stick to, and exercise regime, I’d do pretty well so decided to give it a go…
87.2 years! I’m pretty impressed! Although I am a bit shocked about the fact that it says my highest risk is alcohol because I didn’t think I drank much to be honest, at least not compared to my mates who’ll generally have 2 or 3 pints every night then more at the weekend. The first question to do with alcohol asked me how often I consume alcoholic beverages with the options being “1 or more times per month”, “less than once a month” and “none at all in the previous year.” To be honest, I thought that was a bit restricting considering once a month and several times a day can make a very big difference to your health! It also asked how many drinks I’d had in the past week, to which I answered 3, and the most I’d had in one day in the past week, to which I answered 2 – I had a couple of drinks at a BBQ the other day, then I had a glass of wine at home on Friday night. I think that’s a lower than average amount, so I’m surprised that’s my risk factor.
You also had to answer questions about your weight and height; despite my diet, I’m still just over the upper limit of healthy for my height, so I imagine if I just pushed myself back into the healthy range, my life expectancy might increase a bit.
And I thought the exercise questions were a bit strange. It asked first how long I’d spent running or jogging this week (2 hours), then asked how much time playing ice hockey, soccer, basketball, volleyball or rollerblading (0 hours – this test is designed by Canadian scientists!), then how much time at other activities including walking, cycling, gardening, exercising, golfing, bowling, skating, fishing, baseball and tennis (I put 10 hours for the Insanity DVD and walking and gardening I do). What I thought was weird is that “exercising” in the last question covers a huge range of things – I get my heart rate up way more when doing Insanity than when I’m gardening. And for example, things like bowling and fishing really aren’t doing much to your body, whereas tennis and cycling are, so it’s strange to put them into the same category. If I’d spent 10 hours doing Insanity this week and someone else had spent their 10 hours fishing, I think I’d have worked off quite a bit more than them!
So I think the questions might have been done a bit better, but it’s reassuring to know that my diet and exercise can’t be too bad if the small amount of alcohol I had was my highest risk. I’ll just have to work on cutting that down a bit now to be as healthy as I can be.