Drink Plenty of Water
Water is used in by the body to carry out many of its basic functions like temperature regulation, removal of toxins and transportation of nutrients. So it’s easy to see how important staying hydrated can be to your health. Generally, drinking eight 8 oz glasses of water is enough to stay hydrated, although your need for water may increase during activity or in hot weather.
In today’s world, who couldn’t use a little stress relief? Stress is not only no fun, it can be hazardous to your health leading to heart disease, insomnia, anxiety and digestive issues. Stress management is very individualized but generally being in the company of friends and family, exercise, meditation and spirituality can lead to an overall reduction in the level of negative stress.
The restorative power of sleep is so important to a healthy lifestyle. Lack of sleep has been linked to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and mood disorders. Certain medical conditions and/or medications may decrease the quality or amount of sleep you may get. Ask your pharmacist or doctor if your medications may be preventing you from getting enough sleep. Practicing good “sleep hygiene” like keeping electronic devices out of the bedroom and skipping out on daytime naps is also important for optimal rest.
Medication adherence means taking your medications at the right time, in the right way, as many times per day as you are instructed. Skipping doses or taking your medications incorrectly can cause major health problems and additional stress on the healthcare system. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 125,000 deaths occur each year due to medication non-adherence. Pill planners, calendars and even apps are great tools to help keep you on track with your meds.
Integral to any effort at healthy living is exercise or physical activity. But running, walking, bicycling, weightlifting and playing sports all have benefits beyond burning calories. For example, weight-bearing exercise
decreases the risk of osteoporosis, aerobic exercise facilitates the release of endorphins which help in stress reduction and physical activity in general can help promote a better night’s sleep. Also, exercise classes can often
group individuals aiming to achieve a common goal together resulting in a friendship and accountability.
A diet rich in fruits and vegetables, healthy proteins and fats, low fat dairy and whole grains is ideal for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Aim for 5 to 9 combined servings of fruits and veggies daily and opt for lean meats like fish, chicken and turkey. Be on the lookout for added sugar, sodium and saturated fats and avoid if possible. Eat smart, live smart.