What you do day-to-day can greatly impact how you feel, function, and even act.
Many Americans are living an unhealthy lifestyle and they’re either dealing with chronic diseases or they will deal with problems in the future. The good news is that good health and well-being are in your hands. Through regular activity and a healthy lifestyle, you can take control of your health.
Americans these days sit more than ever before, even though our bodies weren’t designed for sitting for hours on end. The WHO states that being inactive doubles your risk for heart disease and increases your chances for early mortality, along with a risk for type 2 diabetes, cancer, and stroke. Leading a healthy lifestyle is as simple as incorporating 2.5-5 hours of moderately intense aerobic activity into your weekly routine. Even a brisk walk every day can improve your health and wellbeing.
A Poor Diet
It’s easy to order delivery or simply swing through the drive-thru after work, especially when you’re too tired to cook, but a diet high in processed foods can cause serious health problems including heart disease, heart attack, obesity, and diabetes. Your diet can impact everything from your health to your energy levels. A healthy diet involves eating fresh, whole foods such as lean meat, fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, healthy fats, and whole grains.
Drinking Too Much
If you’re a man who drinks more than two drinks a day or a woman who drinks more than one drink a day then you’re already drinking more than the recommended amount of alcohol. While there is no healthy level of alcohol consumption, heavy alcohol consumption can increase blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol. If you are looking to quit drinking altogether, your general doctor can be an ideal professional to turn to for support to make this change permanent.
Not Getting Enough Sleep
Many experts are saying that getting enough quality sleep every night is just as important as exercise or eating healthy (some say, it may even be the most important factor for leading a healthy life). Most adults need anywhere from 7-9 hours of sleep a night. If you are having trouble falling or staying asleep despite practicing good sleep hygiene, your general doctor can help you get your sleep back on track.
If you are confused or overwhelmed about how to improve your lifestyle to better your health and wellbeing, a general doctor can be an ideal medical professional to help you make healthier choices and to map out a strategy for a healthier you.