Here’s a quick list of tips to follow that will help you develop your better health plan for the year:
#1: Get a primary care provider.
If you don’t currently have a regular family doctor or primary care physician, looking for one is a great way to start your new health year. A physician who knows you and has access to your family and medical history can help you ensure that any medication you take is monitored, chronic conditions are managed and your overall health is reviewed regularly.
Once you find a provider, ask to have a full lab work up completed, including lipids and hemoglobin A1c. The team at LifeStyle Medical Center can also complete lab work for you. It’s important to know your labs and your health risk factors so you can devise a plan of action.
#2: If you need to lose weight, start a weight loss program.
Whether you gained weight during the holidays or would like to lose a few pounds , there’s no time like the present to start.
LifeStyle Medical Center has several experienced registered dietitians and clinicians, who can develop an individualized lifestyle and nutrition plan for you and support you in achieving your weight loss goals.
#3: Get active.
Physical activity can help control your weight and manage chronic disease conditions. We advise starting off slowly to build up your endurance. Find activities you enjoy, such as walking, swimming, playing sports, hiking, biking or yoga. Whatever you take up, do it regularly and often and you’ll begin to see the results in your improved health and fitness.
#4: Be aware of your sleep patterns.
It’s easy to brush your sleep habits aside, but poor quality sleep can lead to poor nutrition and physical activity habits, as well as declining health. Sleep is your body’s way of rejuvenating itself, and you need to get sufficient rest for that to happen. If you feel tired, have restless sleep or wake up often throughout the night, get a sleep study to determine the reasons for it. The providers at LifeStyle Medical Center can help with a referral to a sleep center and also work with you on improving your sleep habits.
#5: Get screened.
Be proactive and get a mammogram and bone density scan (ages vary based on family history and current risk factors), as well as any other screening procedures you haven’t had in a while. It’s easier to halt a disease in its tracks than to cure it once it takes hold.
#6: Practice good oral hygiene.
This includes daily brushing and flossing, as well as going to a dentist for professional cleaning twice a year. Poor oral health is a risk factor for heart disease, not to mention the inconvenience and cost of needing major dental procedures.
Prevention is always better than cure, so take action now to develop your plan for better health and ensure your improved wellbeing in 2015.