How do I kick my Health and Wellness Into Gear? | AFC Urgent Care

Your physical health affects every aspect of your life.  While you can’t completely avoid sickness, you can strive to live a healthy lifestyle that will keep you feeling better physically and mentally.

Below are a few quick tips to keep you at the top of your wellness game.

You Need Consistent Physical Wellness to Be in Top Shape

Healthy CoupleNo matter what task you are taking on, consistency is the key to success.  In order to have optimal wellness in your life, you need to make consistent healthy lifestyle choices every day.

When it comes to your physical health there are a number of ways you can improve it on a daily basis, and with almost guaranteed results!

Exercise Is Very Important

First, get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day on most days of the week.  Many studies have shown that exercise can improve one’s life, across genders, races and ages. To ensure your success in this, find exercises you enjoy.  Whether it’s taking your dog to the local dog park, jogging in your neighborhood, attending a yoga class or going for a hike with your kids, you can find an unlimited number of interesting things to get your heart pumping and your health improving.  Having fun and finding things that you enjoy will increase your chances for consistency and success!

Healthy Easting Is A Game Changer

Second, choose healthy foods 80 percent of the time. This allows you to have your “cheat” foods 20 percent of the time.  This type of balance will keep you on the right track.

When it comes to mealtimes, fill your plate with fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and a small amount of healthy fat, like olive oil.

In addition, you also want to make sure you are staying hydrated. Sip water continuously throughout the day, and supplement your water intake by eating foods high in water content, like melons, berries, peppers and lettuce.  You will be surprises at how consistent water intake can improve your overall health.

Sleep: The Unsung Health Hero

Finally, start your day off right by making sure you get at least seven to nine hours of sleep every night.  Sleep is one of the most overlooked elements to a healthy lifestyle, and yet one of the easiest to correct if we are willing to skip some TV or phone time. Sleep is just as important for your health as diet and exercise.

If you want to be productive during the day, you need your sleep. If you want to be alert and focused, you need your sleep. If you want to improve your memory, you need your sleep.

Make a conscious effort to get more sleep. Plan your evening so that you can go to bed at a time that allows for a full and restful night of sleep.  You’ll be surprised at how that full night of sleep will make you feel ready to tackle the world!

 

One other important part of staying well? Regular checkups! Visit one of our AFC Urgent Care TN locations today for a wellness exam. No appointment is necessary, and we are open seven days a week!  Stop by and see us today!

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