Staying healthy, naturally

Roy Buchinsky, MD

Roy Buchinsky, MD, UH Ahuja Medical Center

November 15th, 2012

All too often the road to wellness is paved with good intentions – instead of positive action. Happily, there is no better time than today to lead a healthier lifestyle. No matter your age, gender, occupation, physical limitations or social background, your life can become richer, healthier and more balanced through regular exercise, proper nutrition, stress reduction and rest and relaxation.

Here are some practical, easy-to-follow daily habits that will allow you to put wellness on the top of your to-do list:

  • Exercise
    There are 1,440 minutes in every day, schedule 30 of them for physical activity. Take a walk around your neighborhood in the morning or after work, ride your bike in the park, dance to your favorite music, join a water aerobic class, or just move it! Buy a pedometer and try to walk 10,000 steps every day. Swallowing the “exercise pill” daily enhances happiness and well-being without ANY side effects or drug interactions.
  • Proper nutrition
    Learn the “label lingo” and stay away from prepared, processed and canned foods that typically have a high salt or fat content. Focus on lots of fresh, brightly colored fruits and veggies and lean proteins. And if you crave an occasional small piece of dark chocolate, go for it.
  • Stress Reduction
    Find a way to rise above daily petty irritations and stressful distractions – don’t sweat the small stuff. Stress busters include meditation, yoga, reiki, journaling, appreciating nature, exercise (again), and creative outlets like art, music or dance. Practice mindfulness, enjoy the moment and remember to laugh!
  • Rest and Relaxation
    The body needs seven-to-eight hours of sleep each night to function properly the next day. Sleep deprivation has been associated with lack of concentration, increased depression and weight gain. So, when your mom said, “good night, sleep tight,” she was right.

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