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Published on October 23, 2014

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10 Ways to Improve Your Health Daily

Technology enables us to do so much without getting out of our chairs. However, between the temptations of fast food and the stress of trying to keep up in a fast-paced world, it’s easy to understand why so many people don’t get enough exercise, well-balanced meals or sleep.

Fortunately, it’s actually easier to fit good health habits into a busy life than you may think.  PIH Health Physician Rajnish Birla MD, a family medicine doctor, offered the following tips to help improve your health:

  1. Keep moving. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk during your lunch hour or breaks, even for just 10 minutes at a time. Aim for 30 minutes of activity every day.
  2. Slow down. Focus on one thing at a time. Watch a sunset, savor every bite of a good meal or simply take a deep breath.
  3. Avoid fat. Choose lean meats, and cook without fatty oils and butter.
  4. Make technology a friend. There are many free health applications for your smartphone, tablet or personal computer that allow you to track daily activity, count calories and plan healthy meals.
  5. Know your blood pressure. If diagnosed with high blood pressure, invest in a home monitor and keep a diary.
  6. Get enough sleep. Eight hours of sleep is ideal.
  7. Take a good multivitamin daily.
  8. Choose healthy snacks and meals. Substitute fruits and vegetables for chips and other junk foods, and drink water instead of soda. Plan your meals ahead to avoid unhealthy choices.
  9. Get regular checkups. This ensures that you will have screenings at the appropriate times to prevent conditions such as diabetes and high cholesterol, or detect other problems early.
  10. Make time for yourself. Schedule time on your calendar for just you. Do whatever relaxes and revitalizes you.

Most people know what they need to do to stay healthy but don’t make the time or effort to follow through. PIH Health Physicians reminds the community that their health should come first. If you or a loved one would like to discuss lifestyle and wellness changes with a doctor, our Find a Doctor tool will help you find the right doctor for you.

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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