How can I be healthier?

Regardless of your size and shape, you can live a healthful lifestyle and reduce your risk of health problems:
  • Assess your health habits.
  • Eat healthfully.
  • Get plenty of physical activity.
  • Get regular physical checkups.
  • Monitor your "numbers" (blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, blood sugar) and keep them in a healthy range.
To become healthy start leading a lifestyle that is conducive to your health! Find time to exercise, eat healthy, and practice other healthy habits. A great way to start is by going for walks, and starting a food journal. By doing this, you’re beginning taking the first steps to being more active and paying attention to your diet. Are the foods you eat healthy? What adjustments can you make to consume a healthier diet?
To become a healthier you, getting the proper nutrition, sleep, and exercise is a simple solution that will require changing your lifestyle. The payoffs will come immediately and will last into your golden years.

To get there, first see your health care provider to get a medical clearance/physical and an understanding of your current health and general fitness. Be sure to address any stress or mental health issues you may have with your health care provider. A healthy body needs a healthy mind.

Consulting with a nutritionist will help you establish a healthy diet that will meet your nutritional needs.

Set for yourself goals that are realistic, measurable, and in a reasonable time frame to attained your desired results. Usually a twelve week time frame is a reliable long term measurement, with two week time frames for short term goals.

Before starting with your exercise program, meet with a NASM personal trainer to design for you a fitness program, and perform a dynamic postural assessment. A dynamic postural assessment observes your basic body movements, how you muscles and joints work together, and to look for any imbalances in your posture alignment. An optimal posture alignment lets your body produce at a high level of functional strength, movement and range of motion.

Also be prepared for the effort necessary to achieve your goals and to enjoy the results of a healthier you.
Nutrition and exercise are the main building blocks for implementing a healthy lifestyle. Health can be defined as a person's mental or physical condition. Although many individuals will have a different definition of health, the key is to educate yourself on the fundamentals of healthy living and apply these principles to your daily life. A recommended starting point would be visiting a nutritionist and medical physician for a physical. These two actions should supply key insight and contribute to building a sturdy foundation for composing a plan of action towards a healthy way of life. 
Becoming healthy is as much a state of mind as it is a state of being. It involves adopting a mindset around making healthy eating choices on a regular basis and being as active as possible for one's present condition. It often begins with getting medical clearance to start something new if a person has been inactive or is recovering from an illness. It's important to gather information so you know what is right for you. 
Get professional referrals from people (friends or family) who you trust and respect. Consulting a RD if nutrition is an issue can be very helpful in teaching you to make great food choices for a lifetime and to provide you with the tools to be able to change behavior. Working with a fitness professional can also start you on the right track by identifying any physical compensations and creating a custom exercise program around personal goals. 
Eat healthy, be active and get the most out of life. Finding balance in life is the key and exercise and nutrition are a great place to begin.
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Here are seven steps to better health:
  1. Get more sleep. At least 30 more minutes a night. Skimping is a hidden cause of weight gain.
  2. Lessen stress. It's strongly linked to big bellies.
  3. Find out your BMI. If your body mass index isn't healthy, losing 10% of your weight is enough to cut your risk of the things we fear most: cancer, diabetes, stroke and heart disease.
  4. Enlist a friend. Don't go it alone. Pals who lose weight together are likely to keep it off.
  5. Check your family health history. Knowing what you're at risk for helps you prevent it.
  6. Walk for 30 to 60 minutes, five days a week. You'll cut heart disease risk by about 40%.
  7. Talk to your doctor. Know your "numbers" -- blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar. If you don't have a doctor, your pharmacist can get things going.

Vandana  R. Sheth
Nutrition & Dietetics

There are many components to being healthy.  Enjoying healthy foods, regular physical activity, stress management are all part of the equation to being healthier.

  • A healthy diet includes a variety of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean protein, heart-healthy fats in moderation while limiting refined, processed foods, added sugars, fats especially saturated fats, high sodium
  • Regular physical activity at least 150 minutes/week
  • Incorporate activities that help you with stress management on a daily basis

Being healthy is a combination of elements that can be incorporated into day-to-day life that will become a lifestyle.

  • You are what you eat. Making wise food choices is critical for being healthy.
  • Get Active. Sounds simple and it is. Daily activity, at least 30 minutes a day is all you need to keep your heart healthy and weight gain a bay.
  • Emotional and mental health. Daily life isn't always easy so be sure to talk it out with a trusted family member or friend when times get tough. Emotional and mental health can literally make you sick and if necessary, seek professional health.
  • Reduce stress. Stress weakens the immune system, causes irritability, lack of focus and sometimes depression. Evaluate your responsibilities and make necessary changes.



Dr. Oz shares a great video above with wonderful tips to be "healthier". 

As he states, there are many components to being healthy. One powerful component I would like to mention is "mindset".

Keeping our thoughts healthy and positive, believing that we CAN make healthy living a daily "choice" (good nutrition and regular exercise), helps us move forward in the right direction. It's not going to be perfect every day, and that's okay. If we have a bad "health" day/week (poor eating choices; missed workouts), our thoughts can help us isolate the situation and continue moving forward. When our thoughts are unhealthy, we may get upset with ourselves and feel we have failed ("what's the use?"). Many times this leads to giving up, which is far from our goal to be "healthier". 



Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Being healthy has many components - from avoiding certain foods to getting regular exercise.

Dr. Oz asks his expert panel (Dr. Lee, Dr. Cass, Dr. Richardson) their secret weapons for good health in this video.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.