Healthy Lifestyle Tips

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Healthy Lifestyle Tips for Peak Wellness and Lower Healthcare Costs

The steadily rising, savings-crushing cost associated with modern healthcare is just one of many valid reasons that people are taking a more proactive approach to staying healthy today. If you are trying to stay several steps ahead of a condition, illness or injury that could devastate your lifestyle and budget, the best way to do so is to focus on strategies to maintain and improve your health as it stands right now.

Some Healthy Lifestyle Tips to Enjoy Peak Fitness and Well-Being on Your Own Terms

There are many practical and affordable things you can do to revel in peak wellness while keeping healthcare costs to a minimum. 

Here are three vital healthy lifestyle tips you can start adding to your routine today.

1. Eat a Healthy Diet

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While this tip seems simple enough, it is easy to overthink the concept of eating a healthy diet, which can lead to unnecessary and counterproductive confusion and stress. Renowned food author and journalist Michael Pollan has discussed Westerners’ unhealthy obsession with healthy eating as a national eating disorder. Pollan has summed up his basic philosophy on healthy eating as “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”

Focus on eating whole and natural foods that include vegetables, plants and lean meats while avoiding processed and fast foods. 

Here are a few additional quick nutrition points to keep in mind when working to improve your diet: 

  • Reduce sugar and salt intake 
  • Increase unsaturated fat intake, reduce consumption of saturated fats and eliminate trans fats
  • Control portion sizes
  • Eat a variety of foods to consume key nutrients throughout the day

Here are 5 additional tips to help you make healthier decisions when choosing the food you eat.

2. Exercise Regularly

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Exercise does so much good for the human body and the mind. Research has shown that regular exercise offers numerous benefits to our health, such as an increase in lifespan, decreased risk of disease, improved bone density and weight control.

  • Add activity to your daily routine naturally if you don’t have time or resources to do anything more. 
  • Choose to walk short distances to work or the grocery store, or take the stairs instead of the elevator when given a choice. 
  • Other options to increase focus and intensity include joining an after work activity, such as dancing, volleyball or softball, or joining a fitness center to use cardio equipment and lift weights. 

You can also do plenty at home to get fit and stay fit by using exercise DVDs or exploring YouTube for fitness channels that appeal to you.

3. Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is crucial to good health since the human body relies on water to survive. Our cells, tissues and organs need ample hydration to work properly, using water to control temperature, remove waste and to keep our joints lubricated. It is just as important for mental well-being and performance to help stave off fatigue, irritability and poor concentration. 

For ideal water intake, take your weight in pounds then divide it in half and drink that many ounces of water each day. Therefore, if you weigh 200 pounds, drink 100 ounces of water or about 12-13 cups per day. 

Focus on drinking high-quality filtered water or mineral water instead of relying on coffee, juices and soft drinks. 

A healthy lifestyle is easily within your grasp when you take the initiative to learn as much as possible on your own and from your dedicated health partners, then implementing what you learn each day.

4. Talk to a Doctor Regularly for Check-Ups

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Keeping up with regular checkups with a doctor is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle. Preventative healthcare is becoming a bigger part of everyday life thanks to the simplicity and convenience that telemedicine services offer

Not too long ago, if you wanted to see a doctor, you would have to go through the tedious process of calling to schedule an appointment, find a time that fits both yours and the doctors schedule (typically this could take days or even weeks), take time off work or school to get to your appointment, drive to the doctor, sit in a waiting room full of other sick people, receive a prescription and have it called in to your pharmacy, then go and pick it up. This process just does not work anymore, especially for the average person with a busy schedule who doesn’t have the time.

Luckily telemedicine solves this problem, provides numerous benefits, and makes it possible to keep up with regular doctor visits without the hassle, to ensure you stay healthy. 

With services like Global Patient Access, you can talk to a doctor over the phone or through video chat from the comfort of your home, the office, or wherever you happen to be, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Here are some of the benefits of regular check-ups:

  • Detect potentially life-threatening health conditions or diseases before they become serious and increase your chances for treatment or cure. 
  • Reduce the risk of sickness and stay healthy.
  • Closely monitor existing conditions in order to limit the risk of further complications.
  • Staying healthy can help reduce healthcare costs by avoiding expensive medical services.

Start taking control of your health today!

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