At first, considering your health, especially as you age, can seem like an overwhelming task. There are many components to health – things to look out for, things to check on, things to prevent, things to maintain. Your health can be affected by so many different forces from the environment to family history. And to top it all off, we constantly hear conflicting advice on what’s healthy and what’s not.
As we celebrate Healthy Aging Month this September, here are a few easy ways to approach your health. Instead of tackling the big issues, these are all little tasks that you could easily accomplish today. When it comes to maintaining your health or improving it, take it slow and never be afraid to ask for help.
Here are a few easy ways to help improve your health today:
Drink More Water. Yep, improving your health can really be that easy. Many people don’t drink the required amount of water to stay hydrated. You’d be surprised at how much better you feel by simply drinking the proper amount each day. A common rule of thumb for adults is drinking 6- 8 ounce glasses of water (or other fluids) a day, but consult your doctor for a more accurate amount tailored to your specific health. Learn more here.
Schedule a Doctor’s Appointment. If it’s been a while, go ahead and make an appointment. A great way to ensure that you are aging healthy is to regularly see your doctor. It’s generally appropriate to see your doctor once a year and to have regular health screenings. But if you ever feel off or like something is wrong, always talk to your doctor. No problem is too small. After all, you know your body better than anyone!
Take the Stairs. In our busy lives, exercising is one thing that can easily get shifted to the backburner. Unlike making healthy choices in our diet which we encounter every day, exercising is something you have to consciously decide to do. Start by making small choices in your day. Walk around the block. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Don’t struggle to find the closest parking spot at the store, but park further away and let yourself walk. Here are some more easy ways to stay active.
Don’t Drink Soda. Try it just for today. The sugar rush and energy we get from soda can be addicting and some of us may even depend on it to get us through our busy days. But, you can get energy in different places. Eat energy rich foods. Exercising can also keep you energized. Even drinking coffee is better for your health. Try substituting your daily soda with a flavored water or carbonated water.
Go to Bed On Time. Instead of just setting an alarm for when you need to wake up, set an alarm for when you should go to bed. Sleeping enough is essential to your health and wellness. Your body depends on sleep to reenergize and recover. Thinking about how much better you will feel the next morning after a good night’s sleep can be motivation enough to turn off the tv or set aside your work for the night.
Get Help to Stop Smoking. If you’re a smoker, you’ve probably already heard it a thousand times, but it’s true. The act of smoking threatens your health in so many ways. It’s not just your lungs. In addition to your respiratory system, smoking has adverse affects on your cardiovascular system, digestive system, tissues, and much more. Luckily, there are resources available – over the counter medications, prescriptions, and non-medicinal techniques – that can help you quit. An easy first step is to call your doctor or visit your local pharmacy.
This Healthy Aging Month, take a few small steps towards better health! We hope these tips with get you on your way! Stay tuned for more about Healthy Aging Month next week. In the meantime, check out our blog last week.