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
In addition to these measurements, your doctor may ask you
about your physical activity levels, eating habits, and emotional
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
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
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!
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