Avoid Those Lectures With a Healthy Lifestyle!
By Donna Stark
I work with young children, and today I had to have a very serious conversation with a few of these younger friends of mine. The conversation was about some secret shenanigans that had been going on, and although I giggled over them before I went to speak to the children, I had to put on a very stern face for the discussion. At the end of the talk, the dreaded topic of consequences came up and I'm not going to lie ... nobody wanted to talk about them! But it got me thinking. I wonder if doctors feel the way I felt today? Minus the giggling, do they have to put on a stern face for their patients, maybe throw in a couple of frowns, for their point to actually get across? And when the topic of consequences comes up, are they faced with the same amount of resistance as I was?
Give Your Doctor's Face a Break
Nobody likes to be lectured. It's bad enough if the person doing the lecturing is somebody who actually cares for you, but it's especially bad if they are sitting there with that seriously disapproving look. Am I right? So give your doctor's face a break and start living a healthier lifestyle. Here are some suggestions on how to start doing so.
- Maintain a healthy weight - Try to lose those extra pounds you are carrying around. Added weight on the body can lead to an increased risk of chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer. It can also lead to extra stress on your body's joints and potential injuries.
- Consume a healthy diet - Be sure to add plenty of nutrient-dense foods to your plate at every meal. Eat more whole grains, lean proteins, fruit, and vegetables, and limit those foods high in saturated fats, sodium, and added sugars.
- Stay active - It's important to stay as physically active as you can, so strive to get at least 30 minutes or more of moderate exercise daily. If you find that you are too busy to do that, break it up into smaller, more manageable blocks of time. Just get it in!
- Lose the stress - Stress can have a serious impact on your health and quality of life, but there are ways to manage it! Whether it's yoga, visiting with friends, or reading a book, it really doesn't matter. Just find what works for you and make sure it's positive to your health!
- Keep your doctor visits - Stay up-to-date with your doctor appointments. Be sure to get all of the health screenings that are required and pay attention to how you feel between visits. Little things can turn into big things real quick.
Aim For the Good Consequences
Consequences don't always have to be bad, so aim for the good ones by living a healthier lifestyle. And who knows? You may even get your doctor to smile!
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