Healthy living is within your reach, starting today. Sure, healthy living is
a long-term commitment, not a flash-in-the-pan fad. But there are steps you can
take right now that will make today healthier than yesterday and pave the way
for healthy living tomorrow, too.
Here's your checklist of practical healthy living tips that are ready to go.
Let's get started.
By Jenny Allen
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Which she loved — but, she admits,...
Assess your activity. How much physical activity do you get in a
typical week? How intense is that activity? How much variety do you get in your
activity, and how much do you enjoy it? The CDC recommends that adults get at
least two and a half hours per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or
one hour and 15 minutes per week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, plus
muscle-strengthening activities at least two days per week.
Keep a food diary. Write down everything you eat for a day -- and no
fair skipping the items you're embarrassed about. "The idea is to write it
down ... without judgment," says Kathianne Sellers Williams, MEd, RD, LD, a
nutritionist, wellness coach, and personal trainer with Cafe Physique in
Atlanta. "You can't change what you're not aware of or don't
Check your mood and energy. Healthy living includes emotional wellness and adequate
rest. How has your mood been lately? Are you experiencing any symptoms of depression or
anxiety? Do you usually sleep well for seven to eight hours a night?
Consider your social network. How strong are your connections with
family and friends? Are you plugged in with social or spiritual groups that
enrich your life? "People have a fundamental need for positive and lasting
relationships," C. Nathan
DeWall, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Kentucky, tells
If you're not thrilled with the answers to some of those questions, remember
that the point is to figure out where you are today so you can set your healthy
living goals. It's not about being "good" or "bad,"
"right" or "wrong."
Healthy Living Step No. 2: Put out fires.
If you know that you have chronic health problems, whether it's heart disease, diabetes, depression, arthritis, or other conditions,
treatment is an obvious priority for healthy living. The same goes for risky
behaviors, such as smoking, and addictions of any
Addressing these issues typically isn't a do-it-yourself task. Partner with
your doctor. Make the phone call today to schedule that appointment.