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The Importance of Living a Healthy Lifestyle

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Living a healthy lifestyle is more of a marathon than a sprint, but you can start making choices today that will make a big difference. Here are a few tips you can use to improve your health.

Living a healthy lifestyle is more of a marathon than a sprint, but you can start making choices today that will make a big difference. Here are a few tips you can use to improve your health.


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  • 1. The Importance of Living a Healthy Lifestyle While the development of technology, allows doctors to use amazing tools like a smoke evacuator or cautery pen, nothing replaces healthy living to keep you living longer and stronger. Living a healthy lifestyle is more of a marathon than a sprint, but you can start making choices today that will make a big difference. Here are a few tips you can use to improve your health. Assess where your current health status One of the best ways to do this is to make an appointment with your primary care physician. Your Primary care physician can make sure that you are up to date on all of your vaccinations and answer any questions you may have about your health. Your doctor can also assess your body mass index and waist circumference. In addition to these measurements, your doctor may ask you about your physical activity levels, eating habits, and emotional health. Address the items that need the most attention first If you have high levels of bad cholesterol, heart disease, arthritis, or a mental health disorder, make an appointment with your doctor or a specialist to devise a plan to address your less than ideal health conditions. Get Moving There are many simple ways you can increase the amount of physical activity you do. Some simple decisions, such as choosing the stairs at work instead of the elevator do not take a lot of time out of your day, but are the starting blocks of a healthy lifestyle. You can also make weekly activity goals; start out with extremely attainable goals to give you the confidence and ability to establish the habit. You can also choose fun activities to be active—dust off your golf clubs, or go on a hike and enjoy a healthy picnic in the mountains, or try a new activity. Make better eating choices One simple way to help improve your eating habits is to simply stop multitasking while eating. You’re in greater control of your portions and can savor the food more when it’s your only activity at the moment. You can also make positive goals –add fruits and vegetables to your diet, instead of don’t drink soda. Although both are goals that will
  • 2. benefit your health, a positive goal like increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables you eat is an emotionally sustainable goal. Manage the stress in your life Take inventory of what stresses you out. If these items are in your control, make plans on how you can reduce the stress. Also put things into perspective, “is stressful thing going to bother you in a year.” Simply breathing deeply or meditating can help reduce your anxiety when stressful moments arise. Get your Zzzzz’s Sleeping better and at appropriate levels can do wonders to improve your health and mood. One of the best ways to prepare your body for a restful night’s sleep is to “power down.” Turn off the TV or electronic devices two hours before going to bed. By following these steps, you can reduce your chances of the doctor saying you need electo surgery to solve a serious health problem. Take control of your life and start moving today! Photo Credit: jscalia2.wikispaces.com, farm7.staticflickr.com