Healthy Changes That Stick
It’s so simple to say you’re going to get healthy, but we all know actually committing to doing it is a completely different story. You push it back or say you’ll try again Monday since it’s already the middle of the week. The truth is, it’s hard to commit to a healthy lifestyle if you approach it the wrong way. Instead of going full-steam ahead,
give these simple tips a try to make lasting changes that stick.
No Such Thing As An Apple A Day
It would make things a lot easier if an apple a day kept the doctor away, but unfortunately, this isn’t true. Preventive care, however, can keep the doctor away as well as lower health care costs. How? Preventive care, such as wellness visits, screenings, dental cleanings, vision tests, and immunizations, prevent or catch health issues early. Once the disease or health issue progresses, you could be looking at a pricey emergency room visit or hospital stay. Your health insurance could cover some or all of the cost depending on whether your plan is grandfathered in. Each plan is different as to what it covers, but this list from Verywell Health will give you a general idea. Preventive health care becomes more important as you age, so seniors need to make sure their plan offers adequate coverage as well. Medicare Advantage plans, such as those offered by Aetna, offer additional preventive care coverage, such as dental, vision, and fitness center access.
Get Proper Nutrition the Right Way
Eating right and fueling your body with the right nutrition sounds easy enough, but once you start researching diets, there is an overwhelming amount of information. One tells you to cut out all fat, while another tells you to eat all the fat you want but to limit your sugar. It’s confusing, so instead of following through, you give up. If you really want to make nutritional changes, start small. Start by making a weekly meal plan so you won’t be tempted by a last-minute fast-food run. Try to kick bad habits, such as overdoing the salt, filling your plate too much, and eating so quickly that your brain doesn’t have enough time to tell your stomach that it’s full. Make sure you know the difference between hunger and thirst as well. If you search around for a diet to follow, opt for one that will give you all the vitamins and nutrients you need. For example, a plant-based diet includes fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts, seeds, tubers, and legumes to ensure you get the necessary intake of vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and antioxidants. This diet isn’t as limiting as many people believe.
Getting Fit Takes Progress
Just like you’ve seen various fad diets advertised, the same goes for exercise. There is always a new exercise trend promising speedy results or a quick fix, but the right fitness formula should include cardio, strength training, and flexibility training. Cardio is a great way to exercise your heart and lungs, and offers plenty of potential options, including running, biking, swimming, and using an elliptical machine. Strength can be achieved using weights and resistance bands, as well as your own body weight, and the intensity is up to you. As for flexibility training, this can be accomplished by stretching before and after a workout, as well as using a foam roller or taking a yoga class. Rest is part of the fitness formula too. It is important that you take a day off from exercise to let your muscles recover. Pushing yourself too hard can lead to injuries as well. Don’t be shy about mixing in some fun exercise classes too, such as Zumba, Pound (drumming), water cycling, shadowboxing, or Pilates.
Getting healthy from head to toe can be done on your own, but it also requires regular doctor visits for preventive care. Once your doc gives you the green light, start with small changes to your diet and exercise routine. The key is to find what sticks so that getting healthy can go from being a goal to a lifestyle.