Eating well and exercising as well as getting the immunizations, exams and medical tests doctors recommend – these simple measures can go a long way toward keeping you well.
An Ounce of Prevention
If you're struggling to get and stay healthy, sometimes it helps to start with just one small goal rather than tackling several issues at once. Here are 7 simple good health ideas to inspire you:
- Limit how much alcohol you drink. Too much alcohol can hurt your liver. It has also been linked to throat and liver cancer. Limit alcohol to two drinks a day or less. Talk to your doctor about any problems with alcohol or other drugs.
- Exercise and lose weight. Aim for a at least 30 minutes of exercise every day, but don’t be afraid to start with just 5 minutes and build from there. Remember that long-term success often begins with making walking apart of your routine. Long-term success in this area often begins with simply making walking a part of your regular routine.
- Eat well. A healthy, well-balanced diet is important. Eat a diet that includes vegetables, fruits, low-fat dairy products and whole grains. Drink at least six to eight glasses of water each day.
- Control cholesterol and high blood pressure. Along with regular exercise, limiting the amount of fat you eat helps control blood pressure. It also helps control cholesterol, especially when you eat less sodium, lose weight and take medicines as directed by your doctor.
- Keep shots up-to-date. Adults need immunizations (shots) too. Some of the shots you took as a child weaken over time. Be sure to ask your doctor what vaccines may need a booster, and if you need a yearly flu shot.
- Ask about health screenings. Screening tests can detect diseases early, when they’re most treatable. Talk to your doctor about what tests are right for you.
- Balance work, home and play. Your health is valuable – perhaps the most valuable asset you have. Set aside time to keep your mind and body in shape. Do things each day to reduce stress.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention