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Tips to a Healthier Lifestyle

Dr. Meredith Koomson, Primary Care Physician

The New Year is the perfect time to step back and re-evaluate ourselves - it’s like hitting the refresh button. If living a healthier lifestyle is a priority for you in 2019, here are some simple tips to help you get on track.

One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to eat healthy. One trick to eating healthier is meal prep. There are many benefits to meal prep – from eating healthier to saving money. If you plan ahead of time you are more likely to eat better and make better decisions on what you eat. Another tip is to try new foods. We tend to get comfortable and eat the same food repeatedly. This limits our nutritional range. You should be adventurous as you might discover a new favorite fruit or vegetable.

Exercising is another top resolution for most. Research continues to show that daily exercise has many benefits to your health, including lowering the risk for several diseases, helping with weight loss and adding to your life span. It’s important to choose exercises you enjoy and change up your routine to keep it interesting. The more active you are, the better you will feel and healthier you will be.

Lastly, get enough sleep. It seems obvious, yet it is most often ignored. Insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases – such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and depression. It also weakens our immunity, which makes our body vulnerable to illnesses. Most adults need seven or more hours of sleep per night.

These are just a few tips that can help improve your quality of life in the new year and beyond.