Fifty percent of all adults are managing at least one chronic condition according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Considering this, simple lifestyle changes, which can reduce the risk of mortality and may even be able to prevent 7 out of 10 deaths annually, are essential.
Here we share some important tips to help you take ownership of your own well-being no matter your current health status.
Attend routine check-ups. Make sure to attend all recommended medical appointments. Also, remember to set-up all annual or semi-annual tests to catch any potential threats in the earliest stages.
Keep your body moving. Staying physically active has multiple benefits. Exercise can burn calories, encourage muscle development and help you maintain a healthy weight. Even small amounts of exercise are known to provide mental benefits too.
Eat a healthy, varied diet. There is a great deal of evidence that shows eating well can fight the onset of and control chronic illness, such as diabetes and heart disease. Lean meats, whole grains, and ample fruits and vegetables [link to post]. These foods aren’t restrictive; on the contrary, there are numerous delicious and easy-to make meals that are good for you.
Keep a sense of calm and purpose. Stress can cause hypertension and other physical ailments. By providing yourself opportunities to relax and be calm, either by meditation, yoga or another form of stress-relief, you can focus more clearly on what your stress triggers are, and take steps to minimize or avoid them.
Avoid unhealthy choices. Smoking is harmful for your health, so we greatly encourage tobacco prevention for optimal health. Alcoholic beverages can be enjoyed in moderation – if you’re over 65 years of age, keep your intake to 2 drinks a day or less to maintain good health.
We all possess the ability to improve our health. By making sound choices in daily living, it is possible to create a healthier future for yourself and your loved ones. Cheers to good health!